TAEBC Annual Meeting 2020

TAEBC’s Annual Meeting will be held Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Schneider Electric in Franklin, Tennessee.

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Our annual meeting will feature:

  • Bob Rolfe, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
  • Chris Angelides, U.S. Energy Transition Program Manager, Shell
  • Drew Frye, Technology Innovation Power Utilization Engineer, TVA
  • Helge Nestler, President, Ginko
  • Ira Weiss, Principal, Weiss Associates
  • Cortney Piper, Vice President & Executive Director, Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council

This event is free to TAEBC members, government or elected officials.

There’s a $25 ticket cost for non-members, plus a small additional fee.

More details coming soon!

CHP Tour USA CHP Informational Day and Site Visit

Join 2G Energy and TAEBC member White Harvest Energy on 1/22/2020 for an exciting informational day on combined heat & power including site visit to Erlanger Hospital’s 8 MW CHP System!

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Experts in the CHP industry will host an exciting informational event in order to educate and showcase combined heat and power systems and the variety of benefits. Learn how your business can become more reliable, sustainable, and resilient while saving money.

Sponsored by 2G Energy Inc, White Harvest Energy in collaboration with Schneider Electric and the Southeast DOE CHP Technical Assistance Partnership.



Schneider Electric hosts TAEBC Annual Meeting featuring Thomas B Ballard award, TVA DER progress

Another successful Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council Annual Meeting is in the books thanks to Schneider Electric.

In Franklin, TAEBC members, stakeholders and supporters gathered at Schneider Electric’s newest Nashville Hub and while there witnessed renowned Tennessee collaborator and partnerships builder Tom Ballard receive the Thomas B. Ballard Advanced Energy Leadership Award named in his honor.

The Thomas B. Ballard Advanced Energy Leadership Award honors exemplary leadership and success in championing, connecting, and strengthening Tennessee’s advanced energy economy.

The Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council champions the state’s advanced energy economy as an economic development and job creation strategy through sharing information, connecting stakeholders, and strengthening the industry. These pillars are personally exemplified by the tireless work of Tom Ballard, an unparalleled leader, educator, mentor, and advocate of Tennessee’s advanced energy economy.

TAEBC also announced the Thomas B. Ballard Advanced Energy Leadership Award will be an annual award, accepting nominations every year and presenting the winner with the honor at future annual meetings.

Ballard stepped down as long time board member for TAEBC, and Ameresco’s own Steve Seifried was appointed by the board to fill Ballard’s vacancy.

Schneider Electric’s Vice President of Utility & Microgrid Solutions Don Wingate, touched on the new energy landscape emerging with more microgrid implementation happening across the United States and how Schneider Electric came up with a new line of business after assisting Montgomery County, Maryland in successfully completing two advanced public safety microgrids dubbing it ‘Microgrid as a Service.’

Wingate explained the approach Schneider Electric took is very different from a purchase power agreement. “We gave them a price per kilowatt hour less than what they were paying,” said Wingate.

He also underscored the innovative approaches that the corporation is taking by describing Schneider Electric Ventures. “It’s a new way to harvest ideas,” Wingate said, adding that it “is far more than a typical venture capitalist.” The fund made five investments in 2018.

Attendees also heard from Chris Hansen, TVA’s Director of Pricing Strategy & Origination, who spotlighted the energy company’s efforts to meet renewable energy expectations of Google and Facebook for new data centers the companies were constructing in the Valley. Both global giants are known for their commitments to sustainability and clean energy.

Working together, the corporations and TVA developed something called the “Renewable Investment Agreement” that is a new model for TVA. It met all parties’ key requirements and also uncovered a more than expected availability of renewable energy sources to help ensure that the region does not miss out on these types of projects in the future.

At the end of the event, Schneider Electric hosted a technology showcase highlighting the company’s microgrid solutions, energy automation & control systems, and smart home technologies.

Credit: Teknovation.biz for parts of this blog post.

TAEBC Annual Meeting 2019

TAEBC’s Annual Meeting will be held Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at Schneider Electric in Franklin, Tennessee beginning at 1:30 p.m. Central Time.

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This event is free to TAEBC members, government or elected officials.

There’s a $25 ticket cost for non-members, plus a small additional fee.

Featured Speakers include:

  • Don Wingate, Vice President of Utility & Microgrid Solutions, Schneider Electric

Wingate will present on “The New Energy Landscape” emerging across the country.

  • Chris Hansen, Director of Pricing Strategy and Origination, TVA

Game of Zones: Turning demands for sustainable energy into opportunities for economic development

In light of TVA announcing major advanced energy deals with Facebook and Google, Hansen will talk about these significant DER successes in the Valley!

  • Cortney Piper, Vice President, TAEBC

Piper will discuss 2018’s biggest advanced energy milestones in Tennessee, recommendations from our most recent advanced energy economic impact report and the year ahead.

  • Ben Edgar, President and Founder, White Harvest Energy

Edgar will outline White Harvest Energy’s work with 2GEnergy in implementing Erlanger Health System’s new Combined Heat and Power system in Chattanooga.

  • Ryan Stanton, Sr. Consultant for Strategic Energy Initiatives, TDEC

Stanton will discuss Drive Electric Tennessee‘s first edition of its Electric Vehicle Roadmap report for the state.

Happy Hour 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

During happy hour there will be a Schneider Electric technology showcase featuring the company’s microgrid solutions, energy automation & control systems, and smart home technologies.

New report reveals more companies are taking notice of renewable energy cost savings

Once inaccessible to many organizations, today’s renewable energy technologies make financial sense and companies are paying close attention.

TAEBC member Schneider Electric partnered with GreenBiz Research to release the State of Corporate Energy & Sustainability Programs 2018 report.

The findings are based on responses to an online survey completed by 236 energy and sustainability professionals representing diverse industries and companies, with $100 million to $10 billion or more in annual revenue.

Below is some compelling data from the report:

Renewable energy is key to a decarbonized future. Global energy-related Co2 emissions could be reduced 70 percent by 2050, and renewables would account for about half of the emissions reductions, according to research. (Another 45 percent would come from increased energy efficiency and electrification.)

Getting close to those projections requires widespread support from the business community, and the report shows that support exists. Companies are helping cut emissions en masse by shifting to more clean, sustainable resources.

A majority of respondents reported having renewable energy projects underway or planned. And the rate topped 60 percent in four sectors: education,  health care, financial services and technology. Even the sector with the least amount of traction (industrial) still reported a respectable 39 percent adoption rate.

The movement toward renewables is likely due to C-level interest and support. Whether their role involves recommending, reviewing or approving projects, 82 percent reported being involved at some level in sustainability and renewable energy initiatives.

The impact on businesses is substantial because renewable energy projects help meet sustainability goals, build a stronger brand and benefit the bottom line. A recent study found that 72 percent of companies are pursuing renewable energy procurement, and 80 percent plan to build out their renewables portfolio via multiple types of transactions, such as offsite power purchase agreements and onsite generation.

It’s also important to mention financial return on investment has always been the obvious benchmark for energy and sustainability initiatives, but other criteria are now being widely considered. When asked about primary drivers for energy and sustainability efforts, cost savings was most often selected, 69 percent of the time, as one of the top three objectives. But other factors garnered high rates as well. Meeting internal and external goals ranked second (60 percent), and nearly half cited improving company brand, as well as mitigating environmental risks.