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WHAT'S NEW WITH TN ADVANCED ENERGY? 

Coming Soon: Tennessee Advanced Energy Economic Impact Report


Next week, the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council will release the Tennessee Advanced Energy Economic Impact Report via a press conference call with five business leaders and the Howard Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

The report is the first document of its kind that defines the scope and scale of Tennessee’s advanced energy sector and quantifies its economic impact. It identifies the number of jobs, contribution to state Gross Domestic Product (GDP), state/local taxes and the number of companies associated with Tennessee’s advanced energy sector.

Stay tuned for more information about the report, which will be available on our website after the press conference call, Wednesday, June 17.
 
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MEMBER NEWS

ORNL, Hyundai Motor collaborating through new R&D agreement

Hyundai Motor Company and ORNL have signed an agreement intended to strengthen the automaker’s U.S. research and development (R&D) portfolio. Hyundai Motor Company will be identifying and providing R&D needs of the automotive industry; providing feedback and evaluation technology concepts; and consulting with ORNL on R&D topics related to the industry. Read full press release here.

TAEBC presents to DOE director of economic impact and diversity 

TAEBC recently presented to the DOE director of economic development and diversity, Dot Harris, along with roughly 10 minority business owners at Oak Ridge National Lab. Information about the business council and its case for advanced energy as an economic development tool was presented. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and Director Harris expressed her appreciation of TAEBC’s approach to mapping assets, connecting assets with private sector opportunity and championing advanced energy as an economic development strategy. Now that we’ve met, TAEBC will stay in contact with Director Harris’ office to advance our mutual interests. 

Ameresco installs 2MW solar at Army research facility

Ameresco completed a multi-phase renewable energy and energy efficiency project at the Adelphi Laboratory Center in Adelphi, Maryland, a research and development facility of the U.S. Army. Ameresco installed facility-wide energy conservation measures and 2MW of solar photovoltaic systems on carports and rooftops. Read full story here.

Exclusive reduced member rate for “Explore ORNL,” July 14-15

Many of our members have expressed interest in working with Oak Ridge National Laboratory on projects, but are unsure of how to begin the process. In response to this query, TAEBC members will receive a reduced registration fee for "Explore ORNL," July 14-15. Click here to register. To receive the reduced registration fee, click “TAEBC Member” under “Fee Selection.” (You must be a TAEBC member to get this rate.) 

NEWS              

DENSO building an EcoPark in Athens

DENSO Manufacturing is building an EcoPark for their employees and residents of Athens, Tennessee. The company is partnering with the city of Athens and McMinn County to develop the 11.5-acre park. The park will be developed in 3 phases. Phase one includes an outdoor pavilion and picnic area. Phase two will add windmills and solar panels to create renewable energy. Then phase three will include a pond with natural filtering. Read full story here.

Wind and solar power are ready for their prime time appearance

A recent article by Jesse Jenkins and Alex Trembath takes a look at the growth of wind and solar power industries over the past few decades. The article states that the wind and solar power industries “are growing rapidly and are beginning to move the needle in global energy supplies.” Read blog here.

New nuclear project is a powerful investment in Tennessee

Joe Grimes, the Tennessee Valley Authority’s chief nuclear officer, explains why the Watts Bar Unit 2 nuclear project began and details construction testing and transition status to commercial operations expected later this year. Watts Bar Unit 2 will be the first new nuclear unit to operate in the U.S. in the 21st century. Watch video here.

Green Earth Energy builds the RCBC Waste to Energy System in Milan, Tennessee to provide 100% Zero Landfill waste management for customers

Green Earth Energy has chosen the RCBC Waste to Energy System for their Milan, Tennessee 100% Zero Landfill, Waste to Energy plant. The RCBC Rotary Cascading Bed Combustor boiler expects to be delivered to the Milan location by the end of November 2015. Read full press release 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 assets, establish strategic partnerships to connect assets with opportunities, and inform policy that expands and strengthens the industry.

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