Reflecting on TAEBC’s 2015 Achievements & the Year Ahead

With a new year well underway, it’s time for the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council (TAEBC) to take inventory of 2015’s successes while charting a course for 2016.

TAEBC has grown to become a leading voice for our advanced energy economy, championing both the state and national opportunities to capture our more than fair share of the $1.3 trillion global advanced energy market.

Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 3.54.53 PMFrom hosting Assistant Secretary David Danielson and Deputy Assistant Secretary Reuben Sarkar to an invitation to the White House and releasing the state’s first Tennessee Advanced Energy Economic Impact Report, 2015 proved to be a year in which the TAEBC voice was heard clearly on a state, regional and national level.

In anticipation of our annual membership meeting in Nashville, TAEBC shares our top 10 accomplishments from 2015.

TAEBC Top 10 Year in Review

  1. Tennessee Advanced Energy Economic Impact Report, the first document of its kind that defines the scope and scale of the state’s advanced energy sector and quantifies its economic impact. The report received statewide media coverage and recognition of advanced energy as an economic driver for Tennessee and a source of high quality jobs.
  2. U.S. Department of Energy Assistant Secretary David Danielson Listening Session in Chattanooga, creating an opportunity for members to provide input on how DOE can continue to impact our economy.
  3. White House Forum on Connecting Regional Innovation Ecosystems to Federal and National Labs, attended by TAEBC President Tom Ballard with the purpose to ensure that federal labs continue to do more for regional economies.
  4. Tennessee Valley Authority’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which looks at how TVA will meet energy needs over the next 20 years. A group of our members formed a small sub-committee and worked together to draft and submit comments relevant to our mission— advanced energy as an economic development strategy.
  5. TVA’s newly formed stakeholder group, Distributed Generation – Information Exchange. TAEBC was selected to serve on this stakeholder group, sharing industry expertise to inform TVA’s distributed generation policies.
  6. American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit & Annual visit to Washington D.C. TAEBC delegates met with representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy and Senator Lamar Alexander and Congressman Chuck Fleischmann.
  7. “Opportunities in Energy” with U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Reuben Sarkarfeaturing panel discussions on advancements in the automotive industry, advanced energy job growth, and power generation.
  8. DOE Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and minority business owners. TAEBC presented to this group, showcasing how advanced energy can be used as an economic development tool.
  9. Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative’s (CEMI) Southeast Regional Summit, hosted by DOE. TAEBC spoke to manufacturers, innovators, and federal and regional resources about our unique approach to advanced energy as an economic development strategy.
  10. Welcome new members: Schneider Electric, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Windrow Phillips Group, Dr. Bill Carswell, Hitachi, One Scientific, Trane, Shoals Technologies Group, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP, Cherokee Farm, Dadeni Solar, LLC, Alstom (Charter Member), Nazzy Hashemian, and Balfour Beatty Investments.

Without a strong membership, TAEBC could not be the successful organization it is today. An organization with a powerful mission of fostering the growth of Tennessee’s advanced energy technologies, companies and jobs, helping the state gain its fair share of the global $1.3 trillion advanced energy market.

Save the date for the next membership opportunity, Wednesday, February 10th in Nashville, and help plan for a successful 2016.



TAEBC Presence at White House Forum Showcases East Tennessee’s Assets

When Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council (TAEBC) President Tom Ballard visited Washington, DC earlier this month as part of the “White House Forum on Connecting Regional Innovation Ecosystems to Federal and National Labs,” he was one of several Tennesseans joining 80 White Houseindividuals from different industries throughout the nation with a common goal – to ensure that federal labs continue to do even more for regional economies.

Hosted by the White House National Economic Council, Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and Office of Management and Budget, the forum was one of several such sessions that are being organized around a variety of topics.

“Attending an event like this has to make you proud that many of the initiatives that we have underway were part of a national dialogue on best practices,” said Ballard.

To read more about Ballard’s visit to DC and discussion on federal R&D assets,

It All Began in Chattanooga: DC Delegate Reflects on Recent Visit and Culmination of TAEBC Initiatives

by Cortney Piper, Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council

When members of the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council (TAEBC) visited Washington, DC in September as delegates to the American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit, the trip marked the importance the Volunteer State plays in the nation’s advanced energy economy.

ssistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy David Danielson introduces new efforts during the American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit in Washington, DC

Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy David Danielson introduces new efforts during the American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit held in Washington, DC in late September. 

While the trip provided an opportunity to showcase Oak Ridge National Lab’s (ORNL) achievements in United States (US) clean energy manufacturing competitiveness, it also gave delegates a chance to reflect on TAEBC’s achievements over the past few years and how those successes helped lead to a productive DC visit, culminating in the announcement of two new efforts by Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy David Danielson.

Those efforts include a national laboratory-industry collaboration pilot and a competitive solicitation to leverage national labs’ high-performance computing capabilities—to strengthen US clean energy manufacturing competitiveness.

I remember when TAEBC first captured the attention of Assistant Secretary Danielson in Chattanooga in 2014. The Assistant Secretary visited the city to learn more about how public and private partnerships can help businesses access assets for clean energy manufacturing; he listened to what TAEBC is doing to champion advanced energy in the Southeast and heard feedback from the private sector regarding how best to access and leverage federal energy assets in the state.

Bringing big and small businesses together with our advanced energy assets and a unified mission means everything to the advanced energy economy. Assistant Secretary Danielson carried many of the ideas shared, from Chattanooga to DC, and those ideas were reflected in the announcement in September of the Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy sector’s most recent efforts as well as the Small Business Voucher Program announced in July.

Participating in the DC trip and witnessing the focus placed on Tennessee throughout the Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit clearly demonstrated that TAEBC continues to provide value to the membership by putting a national spotlight on the region. The Department of Energy (DOE) is listening and recognizing Tennessee for what we have and what we can achieve.

We began TAEBC as a business council designed to educate public officials and business leaders about Tennessee’s advanced energy assets, connecting assets with opportunities to create economic impact, and informing policy that expands and strengthens the industry.

We continue to support Tennessee in its effort to shine as a leader in this $1.3 trillion global market, helping economic development stakeholders attract businesses to the state, creating jobs for residents. Assistant Secretary Danielson’s recent announcements are examples of the growth and advancement that are central to TAEBC’s mission.

We have much to be proud of, much work to achieve and much more opportunities to discover. Let’s remember that our work matters; our goals are clear; and we have Washington‘s ear.

Thank you to all fellow delegates who helped bring home the message to DC that Tennessee holds the key to powering advanced energy throughout the nation.

TAEBC members discuss 2015 priorities and projects at annual meeting

TAEBC’s annual meeting in Nashville on March 26 served as a forum for members to provide feedback on 2015 projects and priorities that foster the growth of Tennessee’s advanced energy jobs, companies and technologies. As well as determine the best role for TAEBC to serve as a champion, facilitator and convener of advanced energy projects and initiatives. Topics covered during the meeting included TAEBC membership, 2015-2016 event calendar, Tennessee Advanced Energy Economic Impact Report release strategy and 2014 successes.

Members agreed the greatest value of their TAEBC membership is networking opportunities and increased visibility of the industry. To build on this, TAEBC will launch a 12-month event calendar this summer. It will include another member delegation visit to Washington D.C. to meet with the U.S. Department of Energy to get our members questions answered and problems solved.

At the request of our members, TAEBC will submit comments on TVA’s draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). Comments will align with our mission and we’ll use the Tennessee Advanced Energy Economic Roadmap as the foundation for our remarks. Members who would like to be involved in commenting on the IRP should contact Allie.