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WHAT'S NEW WITH TN ADVANCED ENERGY? 

Governor Haslam’s EmPower TN initiative invests in advanced energy 

There’s great news for the advanced energy economy and all residents of the state of TN! Governor Haslam’s EmPower TN initiative will further strengthen TN’s unique position to capture our fair share of a $1.3 trillion global advanced energy market by promoting energy efficiency, energy cost savings, and job creation in the advanced energy marketplace. 

As an initiative to reduce energy costs and consumption in buildings owned and managed by the state, EmPower TN is expected to reduce utility operating costs by 28% over the next 8 years. In doing so, it will also foster the development of new energy efficiency technologies and methodologies, create demand for skilled labor, and lay the foundation for increased energy security in mission critical facilities.

Read the full blog by Schneider Electric's, Jim Plourde on the TAEBC Energized Blog page
 
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Join TAEBC in Washington, D.C., Sept. 15-17, 2015

Don’t forget to register to join TAEBC in Washington D.C., September 15-17 for our delegation with the U.S. Department of Energy. We’ll use an application process to select approximately 10 TAEBC members to join us in Washington D.C. This is a great opportunity to educate public officials about Tennessee’s advanced energy economy and network with stakeholders and business leaders. Open to TAEBC members only. We will also attend the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative’s (CEMI) 2015 National Summit, Sept. 15-16. Click here to apply for the delegation.

A low energy solution for drying clothes faster

According to ENERGY STAR, nationwide clothes dryers use about as much energy each year as the entire state of Massachusetts. Ayyoub Momen, a staff scientist of Oak Ridge National Laboratory has found a low energy solution for drying clothes faster. By using an ultrasonic humidifier, a kind of portable room humidifier that uses high-frequency vibrations to turn water in to steam without getting hot, Momen was able to dry a piece of fabric in less than 14 seconds. Right now this prototype is only able to dry small pieces of fabric but it is hoped that in the near future this low energy dryer will be on the market. Read full story here.

Genera Energy CEO Kelly Tiller is White House rural investment panelist

Kelly Tiller of Genera Energy was one of four featured panelists at the 2015 White House Rural Opportunity Investment Conference in Washington D.C. Hosted by the White House Rural Council, this conference offered a forum for leaders in rural investment and financing to meet with pioneers in large-scale irrigation, biomass supply chain, agricultural data and lumber distribution businesses. Read full press release here. 

Schneider Electric new product delivery programs let contractors work smarter, more efficiently

Schneider Electric announced the launch of two Square D Switchboard Delivery Programs, Accelerated Engineering (AE) and Engineered to Stock (ETS) both designed to help electrical contractors to work smarter and more efficiently. The new AE and ETS Delivery Programs offer a more efficient way to order Square D standard switchboards, helping contractors meet tighter project schedules. Read full story here. 

Trane expanded its lineup of outdoor air handler units

Trane expanded its of Performance Climate Changer outdoor air handler units to deliver increased energy efficiency and improved indoor air quality for a wide variety of applications. The new Performance Climate Changer outdoor air handlers will manage humidity better than the traditional coil-only cooling systems and use up to 60 percent less energy, says the company. Read the full story here. 

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Tennessee tops ranking for automotive manufacturing

Tennessee ranks number one in the country when it comes to automotive manufacturing. As the auto industry drives to reach 54.5 MPG by 2025, Tennessee's advanced energy assets offer an unparalleled advantage ton continue this industry's growth in the state. Read the full story here. 

Homebuilders make energy efficiency a priority

Realtors in Tennessee and other state have partnered with the Department of Energy to help homeowners improve their energy efficiency. The partnership will make energy information, such as the benefits of adding insulation, more available to anyone buying a house and expands existing upgrade programs. This program aims at helping older homes perform more like new homes, which often are significantly more energy efficient and cheaper to heat and cool. Read full story here.

The cities leading a U.S. manufacturing revival 

Industrial employment has surged over the past five years, with the sector adding over 855,000 new jobs, a 7.5% expansion. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro, Tenn. is one of the cities leading this manufacturing revival. Manufacturing employment in Central Tennessee has jumped 23.9% since 2009. This is in part due to Nissan and Bridgestone having established manufacturing plants in the area which has also created opportunities for small domestic parts companies in the region. Read the full story here. 

Sevier County aims for zero waste

Sixty percent of all trash gathered in Sevier County, as well as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is recycled into compost. That’s the highest recycle rate in Tennessee, and one of the highest nationwide. However, two multimillion-dollar projects are on the horizon that aim to get Sevier County to 100 percent zero waste. A $1.8 million investment in automated sorting equipment will be coming online this year in Sevier County. This will enable the county to pull out much more of the valuable materials that they will be able to recycle. Read the full story 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 economy, establish strategic partnerships to connect assets with opportunities, and inform policy that expands and strengthens the industry.

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