TVA Honors Green Power Switch Leaders for Renewable Energy Commitments
April 10, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Tennessee Valley Authority and its Green Power Switch partners have honored regional businesses and local power distributors that are driving the success of TVA’s Green Power Switch program.
Green Power Switch Leadership Awards were presented in 17 categories at an event in Memphis on Monday, April 9.
Leading power distributors were recognized in such areas as having the most consumers and businesses signed up for Green Power Switch and the highest percentage of customers participating. Business awards were based on such criteria as the volume of Green Power Switch blocks purchased and the percent of energy consumption offset by clean renewable energy.
“Green Power Switch is all about consumers stepping forward to support cleaner energy being generated in the Tennessee Valley,” said Patty West, TVA director of renewable energy programs. “This program is successful only through the efforts of local distributors of TVA power, and people and businesses who commit to making the region a little bit ‘greener’ each month. We are proud to recognize those going above and beyond the norm in supporting TVA’s renewable goals in 2011 on behalf of Green Power Switch.”
TVA, local distributors of TVA power and members of the environmental community launched Green Power Switch in 2000 as the first-of-its-kind program in the Southeast. It allows consumers to help ensure that renewable energy from wind, solar and landfill gas is added to TVA’s power supply.
Consumers and businesses can purchase Green Power Switch blocks of 150 kilowatts (about 12 percent of a typical Tennessee Valley home’s monthly electricity use) from their local power distributor. Each block costs an additional $4 on the consumer’s monthly power bill and consumers can buy as many blocks as they like. Additional information on TVA’s Green Power Switch program is available online at www.greenpowerswitch.com.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for business customers and distribution utilities that serve 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices below the national average. TVA, which receives no taxpayer money and makes no profits, also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development.
Green Power Switch Leadership Award Winners
- Leader of the Year - Awarded for highest total volume of Green Power Switch megawatt-hours sold in 2011: Knoxville Utilities Board, Knoxville, Tenn.
- Leader of the Year - Awarded for highest percentage of Green Power Switch megawatt-hours, based on total energy sales in 2011: Tullahoma Board of Public Utilities, Tullahoma, Tenn.
- Transformer of the Year - Awarded for most total customers signed up for Green Power Switch in 2011: Nashville Electric Service, Nashville, Tenn.
- Transformer of the Year - Awarded for highest percentage of customers signed up for Green Power Switch, based on total number of customers in 2011: Knoxville Utilities Board, Knoxville, Tenn.
- Transformer of the Year - Awarded for most total business customers signed up for Green Power Switch in 2011: Sevier County Electric System, Sevierville, Tenn.
- Top Recruiter of the Year - Awarded for most new Green Power Switch enrollments in 2011: Huntsville Utilities, Huntsville, Ala.
- Presidential Award - Awarded for largest single purchase of Green Power Switch blocks in 2011: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
- Innovator of the Year - Awarded for outstanding combination of Green Power Switch support and energy efficiency improvements in operations: Goodrich Corporation, Landing Gear Division, Tullahoma Facility; Tullahoma, Tenn.
- Innovator of the Year - Awarded for outstanding combination of Green Power Switch support and onsite renewable energy generation: University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn.
- Commitment of the Year - Awarded for Green Power Switch purchases that offset 100 percent of total electric consumption: Dr. Brad Priester, Mid-South Retina; Jackson, Tenn.
- Business of the Year - Awarded for small business sustainability efforts, including Green Power Switch purchases: Horn USA, Inc., Franklin, Tenn.
- Community of the Year - Awarded for demonstrating community leadership in sustainability: Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce, Gatlinburg, Tenn.
- Campus Sustainability Pioneer - Awarded by Southern Alliance for Clean Energy: Mississippi State University, Starkville, Miss.
- Green Power Leadership - Awarded by Southern Alliance for Clean Energy: University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Tenn.
- Energy Efficiency - Awarded by Southern Alliance for Clean Energy: Tennessee Technological Institute, Cookeville, Tenn.
- Excellence in Clean Energy Initiatives - Awarded by Tennessee Renewable Energy and Economic Development Council: Jackson Energy Authority, Jackson, Tenn.
- Lifetime Achievement - Awarded for ongoing support of Green Power Switch: Staples (national retailer)
- Lifetime Achievement - Awarded for ongoing support of Green Power Switch: Tennessee State Parks, Nashville, Tenn.
Mike Bradley, Knoxville, (865) 632-8860
TVA Media Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000