The Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council (TAEBC) has been chosen to be represented in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) newly formed stakeholder group: the ‘Distributed Generation - Information Exchange’ or DG-IX.
The purpose of this group is to discuss the broad issues around the implementation of TVA’s distributed energy side of the 2015 Integrated Resource Plan. This group also seeks to build greater understanding of issues, technologies, and challenges/opportunities in distributed energy resources; facilitate dialogue among diverse interests; hear ideas, and present options and considerations to TVA.
The objectives of this group fit TAEBC’s mission to be champions of advanced energy as a job creation and economic development strategy; specifically by informing policy that expands and strengthens the industry.
I attended the first meeting of the stakeholder group on behalf of TAEBC on October 13. The purpose of the three and a half hour meeting, consisting of 18 representatives from state energy offices, environmental groups, distributed energy resource interests, local power companies, low income interests, industrial associations, and academia/research, was a get to know you session during which new solar programs were explained.
The group is expected to meet about four to six times a year. I anticipate that after the group establishes its goals, TAEBC will create a framework to solicit our membership's input before and after meetings.
I’ll provide updates throughout this process and look forward to continuing to contribute on behalf of TAEBC in this strategic initiative.
If you have any questions about the progress of this stakeholder group and TAEBC’s involvement, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Cortney Piper, Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council