TVA Energy Advisory Panel To Hold First Session

TVA Energy Advisory Panel To Hold First Session

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s new Regional Energy Resource Council will hold its inaugural meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the TVA Central In-Process Training Center in Hollywood. The panel, created by the TVA board of directors to advise the agency on current and future energy resource activities and help sort through competing objectives and values, will meet from 8:30 a. Read the entire article here. To read more about the advisory panel, click...

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Huffington Post: How Natural Gas Is Powering America

Huffington Post: How Natural Gas Is Powering America

More than a quarter of our country’s power comes from natural gas. As utility companies use more of this clean energy resource, emissions have fallen to their lowest levels in 20 years. Don’t be in the dark about your energy. Check out this infographic to see how natural gas is powering our nation.  

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Energy Efficiency and Phantom Load

Energy Efficiency and Phantom Load

A few weeks ago I attended the ORNL Sustainability Summit with the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance and agreed to participate in the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s (TDEC) Office of Energy Programs (OEP) new outreach and awareness campaign designed to reduce unnecessary “phantom” plug loads. To read more from the E.D.G.E. program, visit the Tennessee Energy Education Initiative’s page on the program. If you don’t know, “phantom load” is otherwise known as “vampire power” because it comes from your appliances, lamps, or other electrical appliances that are turned off, yet still “suck” power and increase your energy bill in the process. It was a pretty simple process. I was given a Kill-A-Watt meter and asked to record five different household devices while they were in standby mode. I chose things that were the most convenient to unplug and plug, such as my Iphone 5 charger, my VOX Guitar Amplifier, Mr. Coffee Coffeemaker, Samsung Clothes Washer, and a Sony DVD Player/Stereo. I have to say that was pretty shocked the most by the VOX Guitar Amplifier. The VOX on standby used 31.2 watts, equaling to 273.31 phantom kW hours per year (8,760) and equaled almost $30/year in energy cost. Considering that I have two guitar amplifiers plugged in at all times, I was wasting around $60/year just on those two devices. That’s $5/month and not even accounting for how much they use when I’m playing them. My full results were as follows: In one year, taking this into account and then just adding in the other guitar amplifier, I was throwing $6/month down the drain. While that doesn’t sound like a lot, consider the fact this is for devices that I’m not even using. They aren’t even on. Now add in all my televisions, my computers, my refrigerator, dryer. Can you imagine what the total amount could be? The amplifier led me to direct a question to a friend at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), who said he wasn’t shocked because guitar amplifiers are small niche that currently don’t have standards like most appliances, but that external power supplies might help. I’ll admit that I have worked on energy efficiency issues for more than 6 years and I’ve always been a bit skeptical about some claims. I’ve also been skeptical concerning the upfront costs that a lot of efficiency programs require, and have always pushed for policies that help those most effected by high energy bills, but don’t have the capital to do anything about it. Focusing on phantom load requires no cost at all and I was completely shocked at the amount of money I was wasting. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) says that on average, 7.5...

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WHNT: Local Energy Savers Honored for Leadership, Innovation

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – This week, the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance honored local companies and individuals helping to save energy in Huntsville. The group honored Mayor Tommy Battle, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and Nexus Energy Center. It’s all for the leadership and support of the Alabama WISE home energy upgrade program.  According to Mayor Battle, by helping residents save energy, it means more money put back into the local economy. See the full report...

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WAFF: Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance recognizes Huntsville, state efforts

Regional energy group recognizes Huntsville, state efforts By Budd McLaughlin – email WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) – The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance honored Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and Nexus Energy Center for their support of energy conservation and efficiency. The group cited the “Alabama Wise” home energy upgrade program. The program helps residents conserve energy while realizing the benefits of an energy-efficient home. Battle said energy is a strong economic selling point for Huntsville. Read more at...

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SRW’s Susan Williams Appointed to TVA Regional Energy Resource Council

SRW’s Susan Williams Appointed to TVA Regional Energy Resource Council

Congratulations to SRW’s Susan Williams for being appointed by Governor Haslam to the TVA Regional Energy Resource Council. The council will advise TVA staff on energy efficiency and clean energy issues.   KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Valley Authority has appointed 19 people to serve on a new Regional Energy Resource Council.When the TVA board established the council at its April meeting, officials said the council would advise staff on energy efficiency and renewable energy, among other things.According to the utility, the council members reflect a broad range of stakeholder views and backgrounds. They represent environmental, industrial, business, consumer, educational and community interests.Council Chairman is Dus Rogers, of Scottsboro, Ala., who is president and CEO of the Jackson County Economic Development Authority in Alabama.Read the full article...

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