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TAEBC selects its D.C. delegates


The Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council is pleased to announce it has chosen its delegates for the trip to Washington, D.C., Sept. 15-17.

Representatives from Pershing Yoakley & Associates, Alstom, Renewable Algal Energy, LED North America, Hitachi Consulting, Silicon Ranch Corporation, Schneider Electric, University of Tennessee and One Scientific will join us in D.C.

Our delegation trip to D.C. is intended to educate public officials about Tennessee’s advanced energy assets, about the value and job creation potential of Tennessee’s advanced energy sector and network with stakeholders and business leaders.

We’ll give a full report after our visit to D.C.
 
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MEMBER NEWS              

Alstom boosts spending on clean energy research

Alstom Power Inc. is spending almost $60 million on clean energy projects. These projects include conducting research on how to reduce pollution at coal-fired and natural gas combined-cycle power plants. The company is also doing research on technologies that are not yet in use at power plants, such as chemical looping for carbon capture at coal-burning plants and a project for a 121-megawatt solar complex that uses mirrors to focus the sun on receivers on a tower. Read the full story here. 

USDA, TDA seed funding to ignite agri-tech entrepreneurship

The USDA Rural Development and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture announced $220,000 in combined seed funding for a new initiative to help make Tennessee a hub of agri-tech innovation and entrepreneurship. The program, known as AgLaunch, will be led by TAEBC member, Memphis Bioworks Foundation. AgLaunch is an ambitious effort to attract 200 entrepreneurs and establish 100 successful and investable agricultural-sector companies in Tennessee by 2020. Read full story here. 

Commerce secretary praises manufacturing innovation at ORNL

Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, visited the new Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, praising the advances in manufacturing technology that is taking place in East Tennessee. Pritzker is currently visiting manufacturing innovation institutes across the country and said that the work that has been accomplished in East Tennessee so far is a model for other institutions to follow. Read full press release here. 

Schneider Electric receiving recognition

Schneider Electric has been receiving recognition lately for its dedication to sustainability and implementation of Quality Management Systems. Enjeux Les Echos and Institut RSE (CSR Institute) ranked Schneider Electric as the most sustainable company of the CAC40 for the second consecutive year. This demonstrates that Schneider Electric has been dedicated to integrating sustainability into its decision-making and execution processes for a long time. Schneider Electric also received an Award of Excellence for its multi-site implementation of Quality Management Systems in Canada. Read the full stories here and here. 

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DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc. to expand Maryville Operations; create 500 jobs in Blount County

DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee officials announced the company will expand its automotive components and systems manufacturing plant in Maryville. Making it one of the largest operating campuses in the DENSO Corporation’s worldwide operations. The company will create 500 new jobs and invest $400 million to expand its manufacturing capabilities and construct a new warehouse. Read full story here.

President Obama announces more than a billion dollars in Energy Department initiatives to advance innovative clean energy technologies

President Obama announced that more than one billion dollars in Department of Energy (DOE) initiatives will go to driving innovation and accelerating the clean energy economy. The DOE’s Loan Programs Office is making up to one billion dollars in loan guarantees available to support commercial-scale distributed energy projects, such as rooftop solar with storage and smart grid technology. Read full story here.

One-hour, free workshops set to help make homes energy-efficient

The Alliance to Save Energy will host free, one-hour workshops for residents interested in making their homes more energy-efficient. The workshop will specifically help residents interested in applying to Knoxville’s Extreme Energy Makeover program, a two-year, $15 million effort to help upgrade homes for low-income families. 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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