Bond Program For Energy Conservation Projects Expands Eligibility

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Office of Energy Programs announced today the launch of the next phase of the state’s Qualified Energy Conservation Bond Program (QECB), as well as a series of workshops throughout the state providing information on how these bonds can be utilized for energy savings projects.

Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds were created by Congress in 2008 and expanded in 2009 by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Tennessee’s total allocation for the program is approximately $64.7 million. More than $18.1 million has been, or is currently scheduled to be issued for qualifying projects by jurisdictions automatically eligible under the federal legislation.

The QECB program will make the remaining $46.6 million available for qualifying projects. Entities eligible to participate in the program include all local government jurisdictions in Tennessee, along with public universities. Local governments can issue the bonds on behalf of a private project, with conditions. The Office of Energy Programs will release a Request for Proposals in October 2013. The RFP will be available at http://www.tn.gov/environment/energy/qualified-energy-conservation-bonds.shtml.

“This program presents an opportunity for more communities and public institutions across the state to take advantage of bonds that offer very attractive rates, in order to fund energy savings projects that both lower ongoing energy-related costs and benefit the environment,” Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau said.

Leading up to the October 2013 RFP release, the Office of Energy Programs will conduct a series of lunch and learn workshops around the state as part of the Tennessee Energy Education Initiative. Each of the workshops will feature valuable information about the QECB Program, including presentations from bond experts and case studies from successful projects. Lunch and learn workshops will be offered at the following locations:

·         Sept. 3:     Ellington Agricultural Center’s Ed Jones Auditorium in Nashville

·         Sept. 6:     UT Conference Center in Knoxville

·         Sept. 11:   Jackson Energy Authority Training Center Auditorium in Jackson

·         Sept. 12:   Green Spaces in Chattanooga

All workshops will take place from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. local time and lunch is complementary. Registration for the workshops is free, but space is limited. Register online at http://tnenergy.org/events/.  

 

Additional information on the QECB program is available through TDEC’s Office of Energy Programs, 615-532-0238 or pete.westerholm@tn.gov. The Tennessee Energy Education Initiative and related events information is available through Pathway Lending at 615-425-7171 or http://tnenergy.org.  

 


TWRA To Conduct Roadblocks On Agency Controlled Lands

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is planning to conduct roadblocks on several TWRA controlled or managed lands during the upcoming hunting seasons. TWRA controlled and managed lands include Wildlife Management Areas, public hunting areas, wildlife refuges and other properties under agency ownership or control including TVA property, Corps of Engineer lands, and the Cherokee ... (click for more)

New Task Force Focuses On Community Involved Bear Management

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency along with multiple partners have developed a new task force to focus on bear management in Sevier County and surrounding communities.  This new educational initiative is being referred to as the BearWise Task Force and is sponsored by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. The program focuses on informing the ... (click for more)

Boyd Questions Effectiveness Of Read 20 Program; Coppinger Defends It

County Commissioner Tim Boyd said he questions the effectiveness of the Read 20 pre-K literacy program and wants the director to come before the County Commission to answer questions.   County Mayor Jim Coppinger defended the program, noting that it was the creation of former County Mayor Claude Ramsey.   Commissioner Boyd said the low literacy level hearing ... (click for more)

Corker Says Without Budget Reform, Washington Is “Laying A Huge Burden On Future Generations”

In remarks on the Senate floor  on Wednesday , Senator Bob Corker joined a number of colleagues to discuss the broken federal budget process.   “The processes that we have in place make it impossible for us to really deal with our country’s fiscal issues,” said Senator Corker. “Today is the perfect example of that: we pass a continuing resolution ... (click for more)

Jimmy Templeton Will Be Missed At The City Yards

If only we had known about the Chattanooga City Council's planned retirement send off for Jimmy Templeton of Public Works, the room would have been filled to overflowing with his friends and admirers - including me.   I have had the honor of knowing and working with Jimmy since the 1970's (and also knew his father "Big Jim").  Jimmy was a strong right hand for whoever ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vin Scully’s Last Time

It is said that the opening paragraph of my favorite ode to baseball should be the centerpiece for the canon of sports literature. It was written by former commissioner Bart Giamatti in "The Green Fields of the Mind,” a most marvelous essay to the last day of the regular season in the major leagues. “It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in ... (click for more)