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Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation to Highlight Annual Opportunities in Energy December event

Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council (TAEBC) members will have an audience with one of the key leaders in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) when Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Reuben Sarkar speaks during the annual “Opportunities in Energy” event the afternoon of Tuesday, December 15, 2015, at the Howard Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.
 
Deputy Assistant Secretary Sarkar oversees EERE's Sustainable Transportation area, which includes the Vehicle, Fuel Cell, and Bioenergy Technologies offices. EERE is at the center of creating the clean energy economy today and leads the U.S. Department of Energy's efforts to develop and deliver market-driven solutions for energy-saving homes, buildings, and manufacturing; sustainable transportation; and renewable electricity generation.
 
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MEMBER NEWS             

City of Lebanon, Tennessee, breaks ground for new gasification plant

The city of Lebanon, Tennessee, has broken ground for a new waste-to-energy gasification plant at the city’s wastewater treatment facility that will be capable of processing 64 tons per day of sewer sludge, used tires and industrial wood waste. The facility is being designed and built by TAEBC Member, PHG Energy, headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. The new gasification plant is expected to process the wastes and produce electricity to help power the treatment plant while diverting those materials from area landfills. Read the full story here.

ORNL, Solid Power sign exclusive license for lithium-sulfur battery tech

Charter member, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Solid Power Inc. of Colorado, have signed an exclusive agreement licensing lithium-sulfur materials for next-generation batteries. The company licensed a portfolio of ORNL patents relating to lithium-sulfur compositions that will enable development of more energy-dense batteries. ORNL’s proof-of-concept battery research has demonstrated the technology’s potential to improve power, operating temperature, manufacturability and cost as well. Read full press release here

Clean Line wins third state approval for Grain Belt Express: now focuses on Missouri

The Illinois commerce Commission approved an order granting TAEBC member, Clean Line Energy a certificate of public convenience and a necessity for the Grain Belt Express Clean Line transmission project, which would connect Kansas wind resources with Midwest load centers. Clean Line said it will now focus on advancing the 750-mile, $2.2 billion HVDC project in Missouri, which is the final state from which the company needs approval. Read the full story here

Alstom to supply 800 electric engines to Indian Railways

TAEBC member, Alstom said it has received letter of award for 3 billion euro contract from Indian Railways to supply 800 electric locomotives with a long-term associated maintenance. This project includes the set-up of a plant at Madhepura (Bihar) and two maintenance depots at Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh) and Nagpur (Maharashtra). It further said that the delivery of the locomotives will spread between 2018 and 2028. Read full story here

Ameresco enters into energy savings performance contract with U.S. Armys Fort Hamilton

TAEBC member, Ameresco, Inc. an energy efficiency and renewable energy company, and the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, on behalf of the United States Army Garrison Fort Hamilton, entered into an Energy Savings Performance Contract with the Framingham-based company for solar photovoltaic, water conservation and energy efficiency upgrades. The contract, valued at $16.7 million, is designed to provide for facility-wide energy conservation measures, including 1.16MW of new solar photovoltaic systems on carports and rooftops at the military base. Read the full story here

NEWS              

TVA works to add other energy sources into grid

The Tennessee Valley Authority continues to integrate solar and wind energy into its electricity grid. TVA spends $1.6 billion annually on solar and $8 billion on all renewables. Renewable energy sources, like the hydroelectric power on which the TVA first built its business on, comprises about 13 percent of the system’s availability power sources. William “Bill” Johnson, TVA president and chief executive officer stated that TVA continues to work on the integration of solar and wind into its energy array of coal, nuclear, hydropower and natural gas produced electricity. Read full story here.  

Oak Ridge startup General Graphene nets $8.7M financing round

Startup funding network Angel Capital Group is making a $8.7 million bet on Oak Ridge-based advanced materials startup General Graphene in what Angel Capital CEO Eric Dobson calls the largest round of Series A financing in Tennessee’s history. General Graphene, founded in 2013 by serial entrepreneur Vig Sherrill, manufactures an advanced material called graphene using licensed technology from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Univeristy of Texas that reduces the cost to manufacture what the company’s website calls one of the most expensive substances on earth. Read the full story here

Incentives for Advanced Munitions International in Blount County top $26M

The incentives package negotiated to bring Advanced Munitions International to Blount County totals about $26.6 million, excluding local property tax abatements by the county and the city of Alcoa. AMI and state and local officials announced that the company will invest hundreds of millions in building a new “global headquarters” and munitions manufacturing facility in Partnership Park in Alcoa, ultimately creating hundreds of jobs. The company said it expects to start construction next spring and open in late 2018. Read the full story here

Take the US Navy’s word for it: clean energy creates jobs

A new report released outlines how transitioning to clean energy will “drive economic growth for decades, create well-paying jobs and increase household incomes.” Clean energy jobs are surging and there is no end in sight, thanks partly to Obama Administrations initiatives that spur private sector investment. In the latest development, the Department of the navy announced the launch of a new clean energy initiative called NEPTUNE. The goal of this initiative is to support the Navy’s broader goal of creating a “culture of energy innovation” throughout the force, by developing a force of trained professionals who have the background to invent and implement changes in the way the Navy procures, generates and uses energy. Read the full story here

6 charts that will make you optimistic about America’s clean energy future

Over the last few years, we’ve been in the midst of a clean energy revolution. New technologies, once unthinkably expensive to install and use, have become increasingly cost-competitive at a staggeringly fast clip. The Energy Department released a new report called “Revolution…Now,” which details five booming clean energy technologies – plus a few other promising pieces of clean tech that will be key to solving major problems. Take a look at the six charts that can help you understand these technologies here
 

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