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WHAT'S NEW WITH TN ADVANCED ENERGY? 

TAEBC delegates visit D.C. 

Members of the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council enjoyed a productive visit to Washington D.C. this week. Delegates attended the American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit, where Tennessee took center stage. Assistant Secretary Danielson announced two efforts-- a national laboratory-industry collaboration pilot and a competitive solicitation to leverage national labs' high-performance computing capabilities—to strengthen U.S. clean energy manufacturing competitiveness. TAEBC Charter member Oak Ridge National Lab is involved in both announcements.

TAEBC also met with representatives from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Department of Energy. Finally, we stopped by Senator Alexander and Congressman Fleischmann’s office to brief them on the Tennessee Advanced Energy Economic Impact Report. More information about our trip coming soon!

       


 
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MEMBER NEWS             

App aims to stimulate interest in energy crops 

TAEBC member, Genera Energy, has created an app that aims to help farmers grow clean energy crops. Business owners use the materials to process fuel, create new products or power their operations. The Biomass app provides an overview of common biomass crops and lets users narrow their options based on their specific needs and location. Read the full story here.

Southern Power joins forces with Recurrent

TAEBC Charter member, Signal Energy, is currently managing the construction process of a solar park on 1,900 acres of land in Fresno County, California. The project was initiated in July and should be completed in the final quarter of next year. Southern Power has recently joined forces with Signal Energy and Recurrent Energy by purchasing a 51% stake in the 200-MW Tranquility solar project. The plant will consist of over 800,000 PV solar modules with the combined capacity to power some 55,000 homes. Read the full story here. 

Oak Ridge and Alcoa join forces for new research and development efforts

Oak Ridge and Alcoa have been selected to receive $2.6 million to participate in the Energy Department’s two-year Technologist in Residence (TIR) pilot to strengthen U.S. clean energy manufacturing competitiveness and enhance the commercial impact of its national laboratories. The Technologist in Residence pilot will strengthen the national labs’ relationships with the private sector and streamline industry’s access to the labs’ capabilities and resources, attracting and engaging participation from America’s most innovative leaders, stated David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Read full story here.

Knoxville’s Aries Energy acquired by Nashville alternative energy firm 

TAEBC member, PHG Energy of Nashville, which builds alternative energy facilities, has acquired ARiES Energy, a Knoxville based solar, lighting and energy efficiency firm and another TAEBC member. Tom Stanzione, PHG president stated that since both companies have been working very closely together over the past two years, the integration of their products and services will bring a higher level of service to customers. Read full story here.

NEWS              

Rural Energy for America Program deadline approaching

The Rural Energy for America Program provides grants and loan guarantees to agriculture producers and rural small businesses to help purchase renewable energy systems, make energy efficiency improvements, and perform renewable energy feasibility studies. The first application deadline is October 1st, the beginning of the Federal government’s fiscal year. The actual deadline is October 31st, but since that falls on a weekend, applications will be accepted until November 2nd. This deadline is for projects with total project cost of $80,000 and less. Another deadline in the spring will cover all projects. Click here for more information on the program. 

Chinese companies discover ET

Chinese company, Innovate Manufacturing, is a recent addition to Westbridge Business Park in West Knox County. Full production of the company’s kitchen items, drinking bottles, pet supplies and other plastic goods is expected to start in late September. The company announced its’ move into the Knoxville area in August, and is part of at trend of Chinese businesses moving production from China to the United States. Read full story here. 

Chattanooga puts its mark on innovation downtown

It has been a goal of Chattanooga's to build an innovation economy within the city. Now that goal has reached street level as city crews painted portions of Market Street and hung banners on streetlights downtown to mark the city’s new Innovation District. This new district is centered around the newly renovated Edney Building at Market and 11th street. With Chattanooga becoming home to many new startups, the push for the Innovation District is to help cluster these tech initiatives and maximize the interaction among participants. Read the full story here. 

TVA named top utility by Site Selection Magazine for the 10th straight year

For the 10th consecutive year, Site Selection Magazine named Tennessee Valley Authority as one of the Top Utilities of the Year for outstanding economic development. TVA helped attract and retain more than 60,300 jobs and $8.5 billion in business investments in the Valley during 2014. TVA’s Economic Development team has developed a number of innovative programs to assist with this effort, including attracting major companies to the area such as Volkswagen and Remington Arms. Read the full story here.

Video: clean energy manufacturing boosting U.S. competitiveness

Clean energy manufacturing is booming in the United States. U.S. clean energy investment topped $51 billion in 2014 alone, and even more growth is expected in the $250 billion clean energy market worldwide in coming years. America has an important opportunity to continue growing clean energy manufacturing industries, along with the high quality of jobs and stronger local economies that come with them. Watch the video 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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