Statewide Energy Incentives Webinar

The Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council (TAEBC) will host host a Statewide Energy Incentives Webinar on August 3, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. CT/10 a.m. ET (Duration: 2 hours).

More details on speakers and registration information coming soon.

Register now for the 2021 TAEBC Annual Meeting!

The Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council will hold its 2021 Annual Meeting, sponsored by Seven States Power Corporation, virtually on March 25, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET. Register here to attend.

Featured speakers:

  • Vanessa Z. Chan, Chief Commercialization Officer & Director of the Office of Technology Transitions at the U.S. Department of Energy
  • Michael Garrabrant, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Stone Mountain Technologies
  • Ryan Stanton, Senior Consultant for Strategic Energy Initiatives, Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation

This event is free to TAEBC members, government or elected officials. For non-members, tickets cost $25, plus a small additional processing fee.

Please tuned for more information regarding this event. This post will be updated periodically.

TAEBC is hosting three Advanced Energy Virtual Business Roundtables!

The Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council will host virtual business roundtables in each region and a statewide Energy Incentives webinar to create a cohesive statewide network to become the number one state in the country for the electric vehicle supply chain. Additionally, these efforts will cultivate an advanced energy economy to attract and retain innovative businesses. 

Virtual Event Schedule

  • West Tennessee -April 13, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. CT / 11:00 a.m. ET
    • To attend, RSVP here.
  • Middle Tennessee – June 9, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. CT / 11:00 a.m. ET 
  • Statewide Energy Incentives Webinar – August 3, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. CT/10 a.m. ET (2 hours)
  • East Tennessee – October 13, 2021 at 10:00 am CT/11:00 am ET

Purpose of These Events

  • Guide communication and outreach efforts regarding advanced energy
  • Identify areas to build the network to support a progressing EV supply chain in the state and cultivate an advanced energy economy to attract and retain innovative businesses
  • Connect businesses with higher education and technical campuses to discuss evolving needs
  • Gather information to share with the Council and stakeholders regarding workforce challenges
  • Increase feedback regarding existing energy incentives and desired incentives 

Partners

  1. TAEBC Members
  2. Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
  3. LaunchTN
  4. UT-System  
  5. Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR)
  6. Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA)
  7. Regional Chambers of Commerce Partners

*More partners are being added every week.

Attendees

  1. Business leaders with a focus and role in the advanced energy economy
  2. Members of each partner organization

Register here for the Advanced Energy Virtual Business Roundtable for West Tennessee. Registration for Middle and West Tennessee Advanced Energy Virtual Business Roundtables will open soon.

New administration’s Executive Orders address climate change and support advanced energy priorities

The new Biden-Harris administration has committed to tackling climate change by creating jobs, building infrastructure, and delivering environmental justice. This week, President Joe Biden issued a series of Executive Orders (EOs) that follow through on these promises, including rejoining the Paris Agreement and reviewing the previous administration’s rollbacks of environmental standards.  

According to the Administration, President Biden’s ambitious goals empower “American workers and businesses to lead a clean energy revolution that achieves a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035 and puts the United States on an irreversible path to a net-zero economy by 2050.”

A summary of these EOs are as follows: 

  • Center the Climate Crisis in U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security Considerations: affirms that the United States will exercise its leadership to promote a significant increase in global ambition of the Paris Agreement, and kicks off the process of developing the U.S.’ emission reduction target under the Paris Agreement, as well as a climate finance plan.
  • Take a Whole-of-Government Approach to the Climate Crisis: formally establishes the White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy – led by the first-ever National Climate Advisor and Deputy National Climate Advisor – and establishes the National Climate Task Force composed of leaders from across 21 federal agencies and departments.
  • Leverage the Federal Government’s Footprint and Buying Power to Lead by Example: directs the federal agencies to procure carbon pollution-free electricity and clean, zero-emission vehicles, eliminate fossil fuel subsidies, and identify new opportunities to spur innovation, commercialization, and deployment of clean energy technologies and infrastructure. 
  • Rebuild Our Infrastructure for a Sustainable Economy: catalyzes the creation of jobs in construction, manufacturing, engineering and the skilled-trades by directing steps to ensure that every federal infrastructure investment reduces climate pollution and that steps are taken to accelerate clean energy and transmission projects under federal siting and permitting processes in an environmentally sustainable manner.
  • Advance Conservation, Agriculture, and Reforestation: commits to the goal of conserving at least 30 percent of our lands and oceans by 2030; calls for the establishment of a Civilian Climate Corps Initiative.
  • Revitalize Energy Communities: establishes an Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization and directs federal agencies to coordinate investments and other efforts to assist coal, oil and natural gas, and power plant communities. 
  • Secure Environmental Justice and Spur Economic Opportunity: establishes a White House Environmental Justice Interagency Council and a Environmental Justice Advisory Council to prioritize environmental justice and ensure a whole-of-government approach to addressing current and historical environmental injustices.

Many of these EOs echo the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council’s commitment to champion advanced energy as an economic development and job creation strategy for Tennessee. TAEBC does so by informing the national energy agenda; supporting the Tennessee Valley Authority and our local power companies’ efforts to become the energy companies of the future; helping Tennessee become the #1 location in the Southeast for high-quality jobs; and fostering the growth of Tennessee advanced energy technologies and startups.

Learn more about our 2020 accomplishments here.

TAEBC Op-Ed: Advanced energy means jobs for Tennesseans

(Originally appeared on The Knoxville News Sentinel

By Cortney Piper, Executive Director, Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council

By almost any metric, Tennessee had a strong 2020 in advanced energy, a robust sector with 18,000 businesses contributing nearly $40 billion to the state’s gross domestic product. And the year’s growth in the state’s electric vehicle landscape received national and international headlines. As that happened, more elected officials realized that advanced energy means job creation, which stretches beyond political lines and helps Tennesseans directly in a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has tightened other areas of employment.

Among the 2020 victories are General Motors’ $2 billion plan for its electric vehicle plant in Spring Hill that will build Cadillac’s SUV. Volkswagen announced its own EV SUV at its Chattanooga plant. Last January, VW, the University of Tennessee, the UT Research Foundation and Oak Ridge National Laboratory partnered on VW’s first innovation hub in North America at the UT Research Park at Cherokee Farm. And in the fall, VW broke ground on a $22 million Chattanooga lab to test EV batteries.

With leadership from Gov. Bill Lee, Tennesseans can anticipate more growth in advanced energy and job creation. Electric vehicles are a primary focus for state resources, which included incentives for the GM plant. Nissan and VW have also worked closely with state and local government over the years.

Bob Rolfe, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, said that Lee’s goal is to make Tennessee the country’s most business-friendly state and praised the EV progress in a December Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council (TAEBC) webinar. Electric vehicle jobs are advanced energy jobs. And transportation electrification can pull us through this pandemic-induced economic downturn just like energy has done countless times before, starting in 1933 with the Tennessee Valley Authority.

To continue reading this article, follow this link. For more information about how the advanced energy sector creates high-quality jobs and fuels growth for existing businesses, read Piper’s earlier guest column, “Transportation electrification can recharge Tennessee’s economy.”