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ALTERNATE FUEL AND ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Federal Resources

The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy provides a wealth of information on alternative fuels and sustainable transportation. To learn more, visit http://www.afdc.energy.gov/

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosts a comprehensive website of information and resources on alternate fuels. To learn more, visit http://www.epa.gov/oms/stateresources/rellinks/altfueloptions.htm

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) website provides informative and engaging statistics on alternative fuel usage in the United States. To learn more, visit http://www.eia.gov/renewable/

Electric Vehicles

The Department of Energy has created an interactive chart showing the price-per-gallon equivalent of driving an electric vehicle, sortable by US national average and by state: http://energy.gov/articles/egallon-how-much-cheaper-it-drive-electricity

To find federal tax credit information, the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency have created this user-friendly website: http://www.fueleconomy.gov/

For information on the all-electric Nissan Leaf, visit http://www.nissanusa.com/electric-cars/leaf/
To learn more about the all-electric Chevrolet Volt, visit http://www.chevrolet.com/volt-electric-car.html

Biofuels

The Department of Energy offers a comprehensive overview of biofuels in transportation. Please visit http://www.eere.energy.gov/basics/renewable_energy/biofuels.html for additional information.

Alternative Fuels in Tennessee

Clean Cities

Tennessee is well represented in the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program. Clean Cities is a national network of local coalitions to introduce alternative fuels as a means of reducing consumption of petroleum-based gasoline. To find a coalition in Tennessee, visit http://www1.eere.energy.gov/cleancities/

Tennessee Department of Transportation – Biofuel Green Island Corridor Network

The goal of the Biofuel Green Island Corridor program is to help establish readily available “green island” refueling stations for B20 biodiesel and E85 ethanol no more than 100 miles apart along these corridors.

A statewide network of biofuel stations will encourage and expand the use of biofuels in Tennessee, which in turn will stimulate rural economic development, increase farm income, reduce vehicle emissions, help protect public health, and reduce dependence on petroleum.

For more information, please visit http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/biofuel/application.htm

Shopping for Alternative Fuel, Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

Hybrid Cars provides a one-stop shop resource for news and research on alternative fuel vehicles. Users can shop by vehicle size or type of alternative fuel technology, from electric vehicles and hybrids to E85 and hydrogen fuels. For more information, visit http://www.hybridcars.com/

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Federal Resources

The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) provides a one-stop-shop website for information and resources around renewable energy. To learn more, visit http://www.eere.energy.gov/

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the U.S. Department of Energy's premier national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL offers general information regarding research, development and deployment of innovative renewable energy technologies and projects. To learn more, visit http://www.nrel.gov/

For a list of programs and incentives for renewable energy projects by State, visit http://www.dsireusa.org/
Here are additional links on specific renewable energy sources:

Solar Photovoltaic (PV)

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

The Solar Energy Industries Association is a national non-profit trade association for solar energy in the United States. Its members “research, manufacture, distribute, finance, and build solar projects domestically and abroad.” SEIA works to strengthen the solar industry through advocacy, market research, education, outreach, industry networking and public relations. For more information, visit http://www.seia.org/

TenneSEIA

Tennessee Solar Energy Industries Association is the Tennessee State chapter of the Solar Energy Industries Association. Its mission is to “make solar energy a mainstream energy source and realize the full potential of the solar industry in Tennessee” through advocacy, research, policy and public engagement. To learn more about TenneSEIA, visit http://www.tenneseiasolar.com/index.html

Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA)

An educational non-profit organization, SEPA promotes the integration of solar power into utility generation portfolios “for the benefit of the utility, its customers and the public good.” SEPA boasts more than 1,000 utility and solar industry members and provides timely news and information about technologies and business models .  To learn more, visit http://www.solarelectricpower.org/sepa.aspx

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

In partnership with its participating local power companies, TVA provides several solar PV incentives for the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. The utility’s Green Power Providers program offers above-retail rates for small to medium sized systems up to 50 kilowatts.  For larger systems, between 50 kilowatts to 20 megawatts, TVA offers its Renewable Standard Offer.  The utility’s Solar Solutions Initiative (SSI) offers additional incentives under the Renewable Standard Offer for PV solar projects whose installations were completed by local NABCEP-certified installers in the Valley region. For more information, visit http://www.tva.com/greenpowerswitch/providers/ or call your local power company.

Wind

Federal Resources

The US Department of Energy’s Wind Program seeks to advance the deployment of wind energy through improved technology and lower costs. DOE provides information on key undertakings in the wind energy sector, such as research and development, news and events, deployment and financial opportunities.  For more information, visit http://www1.eere.energy.gov/wind/

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is a national trade organization that represents the interests of the wind energy sector.  AWEA boasts a membership roster of more than 1,300 businesses, utilities, research institutions and nonprofit organizations. To learn more about AWEA, visit http://www.awea.org/

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

In partnership with its participating local power companies, TVA provides several incentives for wind generated power in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. The utility’s Green Power Providers program offers above-retail rates for small to medium sized systems up to 50 kilowatts.  For larger systems, between 50 kilowatts to 20 megawatts, TVA offers its Renewable Standard Offer.  For more information, visit http://www.tva.com/greenpowerswitch/providers/ or call your local power company.

Geothermal

The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy provides a comprehensive overview of news, information and resources on geothermal technologies and funding opportunities. To learn more, visit http://www1.eere.energy.gov/geothermal/

Although TVA does not offer an incentive program for geothermal-generated power, installations may be eligible for a 30% tax credit from the federal government. To learn more, visit http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=tax_credits.tx_index

Biomass Energy

Department of Energy

The Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office provides a great overview of biomass energy. For more information, visit http://www.eere.energy.gov/basics/renewable_energy/biomass_resources.html

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

In partnership with its participating local power companies, TVA provides incentives for biomass energy generation in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. The utility’s Green Power Providers program offers above-retail rates for small to medium sized systems up to 50 kilowatts.  For larger systems, between 50 kilowatts to 20 megawatts, TVA offers its Renewable Standard Offer

Biomass includes all solid, liquid and gaseous forms of these fuels:

  • Woody waste
  • Agricultural crops or waste
  • Animal or other organic waste
  • Energy crops
  • Landfill gas and wastewater methane

For more information, visit http://www.tva.com/greenpowerswitch/providers/ or call your local power company.

TVA is also considering introducing biomass to supplement its coal-fired electricity generation. For information about how biomass is being explored as a potential energy source, visit http://www.tva.gov/environment/technology/biomass_direct.htm

Biomass Research

The University of Tennessee’s Institute of Agriculture houses the Center for Renewable Carbon, which endeavors to consolidate “research, teaching and outreach programs related to bioenergy production and biomaterials processing into one cohesive unit.” For more information, visit http://renewablecarbon.tennessee.edu/

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory oversees the Bioenergy Feedstock Information Network (BFIN), which includes research findings, news and links to countless resources on bioenergy. For more information, visit https://bioenergy.ornl.gov/

Hydroelectric Power

Federal Resources

The US Department of Energy and the US Environmental Protection Agency websites provide news, information and interactive maps and video on hydroelectric power. For more information, visit http://energy.gov/science-innovation/energy-sources/renewable-energy/water and http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-and-you/affect/hydro.html

The Energy Information Agency (EIA) provides relatively current data on hydroelectric production and consumption. For more information, visit http://www.eia.gov/cneaf/solar.renewables/page/hydroelec/hydroelec.html

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

In fiscal year 2012, TVA produced approximately 12.8 million kilowatt hours of electricity through the utility’s hydroelectric power assets. For more information, visit http://www.tva.com/power/hydro.htm

In partnership with its participating local power companies, TVA provides several incentives for low-impact hydroelectric  power. The utility’s Green Power Providers program offers above-retail rates for small to medium sized systems up to 50 kilowatts.  For larger systems, between 50 kilowatts to 20 megawatts, TVA offers its Renewable Standard Offer.

For more information, visit http://www.tva.com/greenpowerswitch/providers/ or call your local power company.

Combined Heat and Power

Federal Resources

The US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) offers a comprehensive overview on combined heat and power, including a searchable online database of all project profiles by state, links to research and development and technical assistance opportunities and resources for Boiler MACT  standards. For more information, visit http://www1.eere.energy.gov/manufacturing/distributedenergy/

The US Department of Energy provides an online application tool “to help industrial energy coordinators, plant managers, and engineers quantify the potential benefits of using combined heat and power systems in their manufacturing facilities.” To access the tool, visit http://www1.eere.energy.gov/manufacturing/tech_assistance/software_chp.html

The US Environmental Protection Agency provides a comprehensive overview of combined heat and power for both developers and policymakers. To learn more, visit http://www.epa.gov/chp/

ACEEE

The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) offers news, analysis and facts on combined heat and power on its website. For additional information, publications, news and links to other resources related to combined heat and power, visit http://www.aceee.org/topics/chp

ENERGY AND GREEN BUILDING

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

Developed and executed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is a series of standards and third-party rating systems for the design, construction and operation of “high performance” homes, buildings and neighborhoods. To learn more, visit http://www.usgbc.org/leed

Manufacturers Invited to Share Building-Related Product Energy Performance Data

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Building Technologies Office invites manufacturers of select building-related products to share relevant energy performance data using the Technology Performance ExchangeTM. A collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy Building Technologies Office and Federal Energy Management Program, as well as the Bonneville Power Administration, the Technology Performance Exchange is a Web-based portal that acts as a bridge to help energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies overcome the challenges between early innovation investment and profitable mass adoption, increasing adoption rates for promising technologies. The Exchange allows technology manufacturers, evaluators, utilities, consumers, modelers, and researchers to share building-related product energy performance data, and can help utilities, government organizations, and private sector companies reduce the time and cost necessary to evaluate a given technology.

The Technology Performance Exchange accepts data for the following 17 distinct technology categories. Manufacturers of products in these categories are invited to submit product performance data through the user interface or in an automated manner using the site application programming interface.

  • Ductless Heat Pumps: Indoor Units
  • Ductless Heat Pumps: Outdoor Units
  • Gas-Fired Unit Heaters
  • Heat Pump Water Heaters
  • Hot-Water Boilers
  • Inverters
  • Lamp Ballasts
  • Low-Voltage, Dry Type Distribution Transformers
  • Non-SSL Lamps
  • Non-SSL Luminaires
  • Rooftop Units
  • Photovoltaic Modules
  • Positive Displacement Refrigeration Compressors
  • Rotodynamic Pumps
  • SSL Luminaires
  • SSL Replacement Lamps
  • Steam Boilers

For more information, visit the Technology Performance Exchange.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Federal Resources

The Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office provides detailed information on energy efficiency, from homes and businesses to large scale industrial and governmental facilities. For more information, please visit http://www.eere.energy.gov/

American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy

The American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy (ACEEE) is a one-stop-shop for information, research and events related to energy efficiency in all sectors. To learn more, visit the organization’s website at http://www.aceee.org/

Residential Energy Efficiency in Tennessee

Through its participating local power companies, TVA offers several energy efficiency resources for Tennessee residents as part of its energyright® solutions for your home program.

The Do-It-Yourself Energy Evaluation features an online survey and a free energy conservation toolkit, including:

  • Two compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • Outlet and light switch gaskets
  • Filter whistle
  • Two faucet aerators
  • Hot water temperature gauge
  • Home thermometer
  • “How to Save” brochure

Property owners in Tennessee can also take advantage of the In-Home Energy Evaluation program, which offers:

  • A low-cost in-home energy assessment by a TVA-certified energy advisor
  • A list of recommended  energy-efficiency improvements and available cash rebates and financing (if applicable)
  • Up to a maximum of $500, a 50% rebate of the cost of installing recommended energy-efficiency improvements
  • Access to a network of prequalified quality contractors
  • A quality assurance inspection to verify the work has been completed to TVA standards

For more information, visit http://www.energyright.com/residential/ or call your local power company.

Commercial Energy Efficiency in Tennessee

energyright® solutions

Through its participating local power companies, TVA offers several energy efficiency resources for Tennessee businesses as part of its energyright® solutions for your business program.

Qualifying businesses can take advantage of a TVA-certified facilities assessment and earn incentives for installation of recommended energy efficiency improvements, such as lighting, heating and cooling and mechanical upgrades.

TVA also offers an online Business Energy Advisor tool, which equips business managers and other decision makers with information to make energy saving improvements to their buildings and operations.

For more information, please visit http://www.energyright.com/business/

Demand Response

In partnership with EnerNOC, TVA and its participating local power companies provide no-cost demand response plans for businesses, industries and governments that curtail their usage at TVA’s request, usually during periods of peak demand, and offers incentives for meeting reduction goals.  As part of this initiative, EnerNOC supplies participating organizations with interactive and real-time data on energy consumption through a free online platform.  For more information, visit http://www.enernoc.com/landing/tva.html

Pathway Lending

Pathway Lending is a community development financial institution (CDFI) that specializes in commercial and industrial loans for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Tennessee. In partnership with Pinnacle Bank, the State of Tennessee and TVA, Pathway Lending offers highly competitive financing terms for qualifying projects, and loans can be leveraged with other incentives. For more information, visit https://www.pathwaylending.org/ or call 888.533.PATH (7284).

Industrial Energy Efficiency in Tennessee

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

In partnership with local power companies or direct serve customers, TVA offers several energy efficiency resources for Tennessee industries through its energyright®solutions for industry program. On site facilities assessments, technical assistance and incentives are some of the options that may be available to qualifying participants. For more information, visit http://www.energyright.com/industrial/

Pathway Lending

Pathway Lending is a community development financial institution (CDFI) that specializes in commercial and industrial loans for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Tennessee. In partnership with Pinnacle Bank, the State of Tennessee and TVA, Pathway Lending offers highly competitive financing terms for qualifying projects, and loans can be leveraged with other incentives. For more information, visit https://www.pathwaylending.org/ or call 888.533.PATH (7284).

Industrial Energy Efficiency Network

The Industrial Energy Efficiency Network (IEE) is a peer-to-peer, regionally focused collaborative effort that unites energy management personnel from industry in the southeastern United States. IEE hosts regular networking meetings, including regional conferences, “to drive the implementation of energy saving projects and practices throughout a large group of end users.”  For more information, visit http://www.industrialee.org/Home_Page.html

ENERGY CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT

Energy Star

Administered by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ENERGYSTAR is a voluntary program that “helps businesses and individuals save money and protects our climate through superior energy efficiency.” This includes a standards and ratings system ranging from electronics to household appliances and heating and cooling systems. The website offers resources on certified ENERGYSTAR products, and features tips for saving energy in the home and at the workplace. To learn more, visit http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm

Portfolio Manager

Portfolio Manager is a free and interactive tool offered by the US Environmental Protection Agency to enable property owners and managers to measure, track and verify energy and water consumption across a portfolio of buildings in a secure online platform.  This resource allows property managers to “set investment priorities, identify under-performing buildings, verify efficiency improvements, and receive EPA recognition for superior energy performance.” To get started, visit http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=evaluate_performance.bus_portfoliomanager

State Energy and Analysis Tool

Created by the Georgetown Climate Center, the “State Energy and Analysis Tool is a powerful clean energy calculator and data resource that brings together a unique combination of data and analytic tools to provide a comprehensive state-level overview of the energy sector and helps identify potential opportunities for a cleaner energy future.”  For more information and to access the tool, visit http://www.georgetownclimate.org/

Energy Efficient Schools Initiative

Energy Efficient Schools Initiative (EESI)

The Energy Efficiency Schools Initiative was created by the Tennessee General Assembly in 2008, to provide grants and loans for capital outlay projects and establish and support energy management programs for public K-12 school districts in Tennessee.

The Energy Efficient Schools Council has allocated $4,109,428 to public K-12 school districts to be used for energy management and energy management education. This funding will be allocated based on the most recent average daily membership by school district, and is attached.  The goal of energy management is to reduce energy waste and conserve costs while providing a safe and comfortable learning environment. The application deadline is October 31, 2013. For more information on this program, visit http://www.tn.gov/eesi/EMEducProp.shtml

New CO2 Tracker Shows How Appliance Standards are Saving Money and Energy

Saving money and reducing carbon emissions are becoming easier to measure. Following President Obama's State of the Union address urging action on climate change, including the goal of reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 3 billion metric tons by 2030, the Appliance Standard Awareness Project (ASAP) has launched a new CO2 'tracker' on the ASAP website to monitor progress. As the CO2 tracker shows, thanks to new and upcoming appliance, equipment, and lighting efficiency standards, the nation is more than halfway to its goal. The Department of Energy (DOE) completed new standards for virtually every major household appliance within the past few years as well as for many commercial products, improving energy efficiency and saving consumers and businesses money.

To date, updated standards are projected to save 3.8 trillion kilowatt hours and 1.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas by 2030. The kilowatt hour savings are equal to the total amount of U.S. electricity consumption in 2012; the gas savings would heat 4 out of every 10 U.S. gas-heated homes for an entire year. The result is a total net savings of $370 billion, with some of the biggest savings coming from improved standards for electric motors, which account for about half the electricity used by industry; household furnace fans, which can use as much energy as a refrigerator and dishwasher combined; and walk-in coolers and freezers. Most of the remaining standards expected in 2014 will cover commercial equipment and lighting. DOE is currently developing additional standards that could save about 700 million of the remaining 1.2 billion tons needed to meet the goal. To close the final 500 million ton gap, DOE will likely consider new product categories as well as update existing standards with good savings potential.

For more information on appliance standards, and how they are saving energy and money, please visit http://www.appliance-standards.org/sites/default/files/Progress_toward_3_billion_CO2_reduction.pdf.

NUCLEAR POWER

Federal Resources

Established as an independent agency by US Congress in 1974, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) ensures the “safe use of radioactive materials for beneficial civilian purposes while protecting people and the environment.”

The US Environmental Protection Agency provides an overview of nuclear power generation and provides links to additional resources on nuclear. To learn more, visit http://www.epa.gov/radtown/nuclear-plant.html

The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides information on preparation for—  and response to – nuclear related emergencies.  For more information, visit http://www.ready.gov/nuclear-power-plants

The Energy Information Agency provides news, information and data on nuclear generation. To learn more, visit http://www.eia.gov/nuclear/

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

Tennessee Valley Authority’s three nuclear power facilities generate approximately 30% of the utility’s electricity, providing power for approximately one million homes in the TVA service territory. TVA offers a range of information on its website, from research and technology to emergency preparedness. For more information, visit http://www.tva.com/power/nuclear/

OTHER RESOURCES

Clean Tennessee Energy Grant Program (CTEG)

The Clean Tennessee Energy Program provides financial assistance to municipal government, county government, utility districts, and other entities created by statute (e.g. airport authority) in Tennessee to purchase, install, and construct energy projects that fit into one of the following eligible project categories:

  • Cleaner Alternative Energy: biomass, geothermal, solar, wind
  • Energy Conservation: Lighting, HVAC improvements, improved fuel efficiency, insulation, idling minimization
  • Air Quality Improvement, including Sulfur Dioxide (SO2), Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx), Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs), Greenhouse Gases

Funding for the projects comes from an April 2011 Clean Air Act settlement with the Tennessee Valley Authority.  Under the Consent Decree, Tennessee will receive $26.4 million over five years to fund clean air programs in the state – at approximately $5.25 million per year.

To learn more, visit http://www.tn.gov/environment/grants_energy.shtml

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

There is good news for America’s farming community: the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making it easier for producers to conserve energy and money through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
Through the program, Agricultural Energy Management Plans (AgEMPs), or farm energy audits, identify opportunities for producers to save between 10% and 35% of their current energy use, provide recommended upgrade measures with their return on investment, and prioritize the most cost effective ways to save energy on the farm, such as upgrading facilities and equipment. An onsite AgEMP may also link producers with additional funding opportunities for implementing recommended energy efficiency measures.

Farmers can receive this valuable service at a reduced cost, and an onsite AgEMP only takes a few hours to complete.

More information is available at http://www.usdairy.com/saveenergy or http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/programs/financial/eqip/?cid=stelprdb1046252.

USDA - Rural Energy for America Program

Administered by the US Department of Agriculture, the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to complete a variety of projects. Offering both loan guarantees and grants, the REAP program helps eligible applicants install renewable energy systems such as solar panels or anaerobic digesters, make energy efficiency improvements such as installing irrigation pumps or replacing ventilation systems, and conduct energy audits and feasibility studies. To learn more, visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/TN-Energy.html