A coalition of groups launched the Tennessee Healthy Energy Campaign in Chattanooga with the goal to move TVA to commit to set a 1% annual energy efficiency target. With an annual efficiency standard TVA can protect our health by reducing its dependence on coal while saving energy and money.
The campaign was launched as part of the Campus Sustainability Week on the UTC campus on Thursday at the Greenway Amphitheater. Edge-UTC, a campus environmental group, was a co-sponsor of the event.
"TVA has an opportunity to unleash the power of energy efficiency, which will boost our local economy while saving customers money and close TVA's oldest and dirties coal plants. This is a win-win for our pocketbooks and our health," said Barbara Kelly, from the Sierra Club Cherokee Group.
The campaign wants to move TVA to offer more financial incentives and to add more energy opportunities for homeowners, businesses and industry. The Chattanooga Electrical Power Board implements TVA’s existing energy efficiency programs for customers in the area. A recent report from Synapse Energy Economics shows that with a modest efficiency program, TVA can save enough energy to phase out its aging coal plants, which could save billions of dollars over the next several years.
"We all want more energy efficiency," said Andy Williams of the Sierra Club Cherokee Group. “We are all customers of EPB, and we need its help in urging TVA to join other leading utilities in unleashing the power of energy efficiency."
The TN Healthy Energy Campaign is a statewide network of organizations, which includes the TN Chapter of the Sierra Club and Sierra's Beyond Coal Campaign, and the Tennessee Environmental Council. For more information about the statewide campaign visit www.tnclimateaction.net.