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WHAT'S NEW WITH TN ADVANCED ENERGY? 

Survey Reminder: Tennessee advanced energy economic impact report

Advanced energy is a $1.3 trillion global market and Tennessee is well positioned to grab its fair share. Until recently, there was no comprehensive inventory of the economic activity that falls under the advanced energy umbrella for Tennessee. That’s why the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council partnered with The Howard Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy to conduct the state’s first ever, advanced energy economic impact report.

Please take 10 minutes to complete this anonymous survey. Survey findings will be combined with other data to provide a broad snapshot and baseline of the state’s advanced energy sector.


 
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MEMBER NEWS

Renewable Algal Energy’s successful use of Small Business Innovation Research grants

TAEBC member Renewable Algal Energy (RAE) was featured in a two-part series on Teknovation.biz for its successful use of four Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants to scale its business model. RAE has created what it describes as “novel breakthrough technology to produce a sustainable, economically viable product from microalgae.” Click here to read more.

Advanced energy’s future depends on whether or not we’re willing to swim the distance

TAEBC’s Cortney Piper wrote a column for the May 2015 issue of the Greater Knoxville Business Journal about leadership and Tennessee’s robust advanced energy sector. Piper is passionate about the advanced energy industry and its impact on the economy, stating that it opens up so much opportunity for leadership and innovation in the Volunteer State. Read more here.

Ameresco chosen to install solar panels on 11 Knox County schools

The Knox County Board of Education voted to move forward with plans to install solar panels at 11 schools. TAEBC member Ameresco was chosen to install the panels. The panels will save approximately $29 million in a 30-year period. It could also bring in $13 million to $14 million in a positive cash flow, by working with utilities like the Knoxville Utilities Board and the Lenoir City Utilities Board. Click here for the full story.

Clean Line input requested

The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice in the Federal Register recently that requests public comment on TAEBC member Clean Line Energy Partners’ Plains & Eastern Line updated application by June 12. The updated application and supporting materials can be found on DOE’s website here.

NEWS              

Renewables+1: Why the President Should Support All Carbon-Free Energy Production

In a recent article published in Breaking Energy, President & CEO of Energy Fuels Stephen Antony shares that by not including the entire nuclear sector under the definition of “qualified alternative energy resources,” we may very well threaten our nation’s ability to become truly energy independent or come remotely close to meeting the new U.S. pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 28% by 2025. Read more here.

Y-12 wins Sustainability Award from U.S. Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a 2014 Sustainability Award to Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge. Y-12 earned the Sustainable Communications award for its successful and innovative communications and marketing strategies that promote sustainability goals, successes and best practices. Read more here.

Editorial: Energy-efficiency efforts focus on low-income areas

TVA has awarded Knoxville a $7.12 million grant to fund energy efficiency projects in low-income areas. Coupled with the Knoxville Utility Board's "Round it Up" program, the grant puts the city in position to help tighten up hundreds of aging housing units. The TVA program, called "Extreme Energy Makeovers," will target homes that are at least 20 years old and will aim to reduce energy use in the homes by 25 percent. Read the full story here.

Vanderbilt University to host forum on health, energy and economic effects of Clean Power Plan

The Vanderbilt University Law School and Vanderbilt University Medical Center will co-host a two-day forum examining the potential impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan on Tennessee and the Southeastern United States. Learn more and sign up for the event here.

About Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council

TAEBC is the champion of Tennessee’s advanced energy economy. No other entity in the state concentrates specifically on this robust sector. We educate public officials and business leaders about Tennessee’s advanced energy assets, establish strategic partnerships to connect assets with opportunities, and inform policy that expands and strengthens the industry.

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