SBEM provides leadership in the implementation of the Tennessee Energy Initiative (TEI). TEI is the action phase of the " Energy Action Plan for Tennessee Buildings" which was approved by the State Building Commission in August 1999. This plan is designed to be self-funded by using the savings generated from facility modifications to provide the investment capital required to fund projects and associated costs. A strategic partnership was formed between the State Building Energy Management Program, U.S. Department of Energy, and the Environment Protection Agency for the purpose of development and implementation of the plan. The States plan is modeled after the DOE " Rebuild America Program" and complies with the Federal Government´s “Energy Star Buildings Program.”
The Broad objectives of this plan are to:
· Reduce energy consumption and utility costs in State buildings
· Fund program activities with accrued utility budget savings
· Reduce or eliminate deferred maintenance in State buildings
· Incorporate energy efficiency in the planning and design of new facilities
· Recognize outstanding performance of facility managers who support the program.