TVA Forum Promotes an Energy Efficient Southeast
February 22, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Leaders from government, science, industry and energy conservation groups met in Nashville this week to discuss strategies for a more energy efficient future for the Southeast.
The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Energy Efficiency Forum, hosted in conjunction with the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association and the Alliance to Save Energy, featured two days of presentations by national experts and in-depth discussions about the region’s energy efficiency successes, challenges and opportunities. Case studies highlighting best practices from other parts of the country also were presented during the forum that concluded Wednesday.
“Energy efficiency is an essential part of TVA’s vision to be a national leader in clean, affordable energy by the end of this decade,” TVA President and CEO Tom Kilgore said. “The dialogue at this forum will help inform TVA, power distributors and consumers of the best path forward to a cleaner, more sustainable energy supply.”
Bob Balzar, TVA vice president for Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, emphasized the importance of partnerships to the region’s energy efficiency success.
“This forum is an indication of how power distributors, residential consumers, industrial and commercial companies, policy makers and others are vital parts of the energy efficiency equation,” said Balzar. “These partnerships are critical to the success of TVA’s energy efficiency programs.”
“Energy efficiency has always been important to TVPPA power distributors, and TVA’s ambitious goals make it more important now than ever before,” said Jack Simmons, TVPPA president and CEO. “From peak load reduction to greater customer satisfaction, this forum helps illustrate how greater energy efficiency, when implemented wisely, makes good business sense and can help enhance the competitive position of the consumer-owned utilities.”
Alliance to Save Energy President Kateri Callahan said, “The Alliance commends and support TVA’s noble goal of leading the Tennessee Valley, and indeed, the whole Southeast toward a cleaner and more secure energy future through increased reliance on energy efficiency.”
Other notable energy efficiency highlights of the forum included:
- From fiscal years 2010 to 2011, TVA energy efficiency programs reduced electricity consumption in the TVA region by 765 gigawatt-hours - enough energy to power 50,000 Tennessee Valley households for a year.
- The University of Tennessee’s student design team was recognized for its strong showing last fall in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, which featured 20 teams competing to build homes with the best solar-power, energy efficiency and other features. UT had the top rating for energy efficiency and placed eighth overall.
- After devastating floods in May 2010, TVA disaster relief and incentives helped the forum’s host venue, Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Resort, rebuild with energy efficiency upgrades that are saving the resort $200,000 on its annual utility costs.
Balzar said TVA is working with its partners to develop energy efficiency programs that will reduce power usage during high-demand periods and have the potential over time to reduce TVA’s need to build new power plants.
“TVA looks forward to working with our power distributor and directly served customers to address the energy efficiency challenges and become one of the nation’s leading providers of cleaner and low-cost energy by 2020,” Balzar said.
For more information on TVA energy efficiency programs, visit: http://www.energyright.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.
Mike Bradley, Knoxville, (865) 632-8600
TVA Media Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000