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WHAT'S NEW WITH TN ADVANCED ENERGY? 

ORNLs JUMP: Taking the Next Generation of Advanced Technologies to New Heights

A new crowdsourcing initiative developed by TAEBC Charter Member Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) invites entrepreneurs to get a jumpstart on accelerating the deployment and commercialization for some of Tennessee’s most promising next generation advanced energy technologies. JUMP encourages participants to Join the discussion, Unveil innovation, Make connections, and Promote technology to market.

Four industry partners – A.O. Smith, GE, Honeywell, and United Technologies Research Center – provide cash awards for winning ideas.

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MEMBER NEWS             

Ameresco enters into energy savings performance contract with U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hamilton New York

TAEBC member, Ameresco, Inc., a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, announced the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, on behalf of the United States Army Garrison Fort Hamilton. Fort Hamilton has entered into an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) with Ameresco for solar photovoltaic, water conservation and energy efficiency upgrades. Read the full press release here

Alstom selected to upgrade generators for power plant in Germany

TAEBC member, Alstom received a second order from Vattenfall Europe Generation AG for the mail overhaul of a synchronous generate in the Markersbach pumped-storage power plant located in the Ore Mountains in Saxony, Germany. The works on the generator should start in June 2016 and is due to be completed by February 2017. This is the second order received by Alstom from Vattenfall, following a previous mandate made in August 2014 to upgrade another synchronous generator. Read full story here

Hitachi Consulting brings network analytics platform to U.S. cable market

TAEBC member, Hitachi Consulting is now targeting Tier 1 wireless and cable companies in the U.S. for its network analytics program. Combining real-time analytics based on Continuous Query Language (CQL) with Big Data applications, Hitachi Consulting is offering the service as a custom-built tool that can be adapted to fit a wide variety of operator configurations. The product has its roots on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, where operators a decade ago sought a way to stay ahead of the machinations of high-frequency traders. Read full story here

Aerojet Rocketdyne, UT, ORNL take on new advanced manufacturing thrust

TAEBC members, The University of Tennessee College of Engineering and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have embarked on a new initiative in additive manufacturing for the aerospace industry. Part of the contractual arrangement with Aerojet Rocketdyne and the Air Force Research Laboratory, the program centers around the acquisition of three high-end laser machines. Read full story here

Tennessee leads multi-state project to create national efficiency registry, TAEBC authored letter of support

Several states, led by Tennessee, are working on a national, voluntary log of energy efficiency projects, which could be used to establish standardized benchmarks and help programs qualify for Clean Power Plan compliance, E&E Publishing reports. The Department of Energy has already allocated $800,000 to the initiative aimed at creating a voluntary national energy efficiency registry. TAEBC provided a letter of support to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) for the project proposal. Tennessee officials say they expect the grant to be finalized by the end of the year, kicking off a two-year stretch to get the registry off the ground. Read the full story here

NEWS              

Carson-Newman University continues energy-saving partnership with AEC

Carson-Newman University is continuing its partnership with Appalachian Electric Cooperative for the “Demand Response Program for commercial and Industry” throughout the 2015-2016 school year. This is Carson-Newman’s third year in the program. AEC Director of Member Services Mitch Cain says Carson-Newman has been at the forefront of the program with a vision for sustainability and stewardship. Read full story here

Knox commission to review $10.5 energy deal 

The Knox County Commission will review a $10.5 million energy deal that will cost the county $4.5 million but is expected to guarantee $6 million in savings. The package is built upon a model that’s been in place since 2007 when Knox County Schools and Knox County entered an agreement with Trane to install solar panels, along with other efficiency upgrades to lighting, heating and weatherization. Under that work the county has saved $24.9 million in energy costs, according to county purchasing staff. Read full story here

Tennessee rural businesses get $2M in grants to save energy 

Rural businesses and farms in Tennessee are being awarded nearly $2 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help them save energy. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the awards for the Rural Energy for America Program. Congress created the program in the 2002 Farm Bill and funds rural energy efficiency improvements and renewable-energy systems. Read full story here

After 4 decades, the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant is set to connect with Americas grid

Nearly 43 years after construction began, the Unit 2 reactor at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant got an operating license to become the first new American nuclear power plant added to the electric grid in nearly two decades. The staff of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the TVA unit is ready to load nuclear fuel and begin power generation by the end of the year. Read full story here

Governments largest energy user moves toward renewable energy goals

The U.S. ranks second only to China as the largest consumer of energy in the world. And, in the U.S., the largest single energy user is the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). Energy costs make up a huge part of the U.S. military budget – more than $4 billion per year. All federal agencies, including the U.S. military, have now been directed to ensure that by 2025, at least 25 percent of their total energy consumption will be from clean, renewable energy sources. They also were directed to reduce energy use in their facilities by 2.5 percent between 2015 and 2025. Read full story here
 

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