Don’t miss TAEBC’s Opportunities in Energy event!

The Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council invites you to its year-end, annual event “Opportunities in Energy”

Relevant topics to today’s ever-changing energy economy and how Tennessee is becoming a leader in the advanced energy sector fill the agenda including:

Featured Panel: A look inside TVA’s partnership with Innovation Crossroads, Cohort 3 For the first time, TVA is providing funding to support the next cohort of energy entrepreneurs for ORNL’s Innovation Crossroads. How will this partnership shape Cohort 3?

  • Amy Henry, Sr. Manager, Enterprise Relations and Strategic Partnership, TVA
  • Tom Rogers, Director of Industrial Partnerships and Economic Development, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Sam Shaner, Yellowstone Energy
  • Mitchell Ishmael, Active Energy Systems
  • Moderated by: Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA & Editor, Teknovation.biz

EMN Spotlight: Stone Mountain Technologies, Inc. Hear this EMN company’s power pitch on next generation heating technologies, and learn more about their experience in the Energy Mentor Network.

  • Michael Garrabrant, CEO, Stone Mountain Technologies, Inc
  • Gary Rawlings, Technology Consultant, Oak Ridge National Lab
  • Steve Seifried, Account Executive for the Tennessee Region, Ameresco
  • Ira Weiss, Principal, Weiss Associates & Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Energy Mentor Network

Protecting our Power
As cybersecurity becomes a growing priority across the country, how is TVA protecting the grid?

  • Andrea Brackett, Director of Cybersecurity, Tennessee Valley Authority

TennSMART: Shaping the Future of Intelligent Mobility
Hear about TennSmart’s progress in accelerating the development and deployment of new intelligent mobility innovations in Tennessee.

  • Brad Rutherford, Vice President of Sales, Local Motors
  • Bob Booker, Senior Manager, Corporate Services Divison, DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc.
  • Ron Espinosa, Regional Director Mid-Atlantic, SoftServe Inc
  • Moderated by: Jesse Smith, Manager of Industrial Partnerships and Economic Development, Oak Ridge National Laboratory 

TN Advanced Energy Economic Impact Report, 2018 Findings
The numbers are in and Tennessee’s advanced energy sector is continuing to thrive! This panel will discuss TAEBC’s latest economic impact report and what this means for the state.

  • Stacey Patterson, Vice President for Research, Outreach and Economic Development at the University of Tennessee
  • Denise Ganus, Future Offer Manager, Schneider Electric
  • Mary Beth Hudson, Vice President Wacker Polysilicon Division NCA, Site Manager Charleston at Wacker Polysilicon
  • Moderated by: Matt Murray, Director, Howard Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy

Energy Mentor Network Showcase
Meet some of our Energy Mentor Network companies as they present their entrepreneurial solutions for our nation’s energy challenges!

  • Shane McMahon, Lux Semiconductors
  • Justin Nussbaum, Ascend Manufacturing
  • Megan O’Connor, Nth Cycle
  • Moderated by: Anna Douglas, SkyNano

Tennessee Valley Authority names 3 top executives

(Originally published: Knoxville News Sentinel)

Tennessee Valley Authority has a new chief operating officer, chief nuclear officer, and vice president of financial operations and performance.

Mike Skaggs, formerly executive vice president for operations, is the new chief operating officer. He will oversee Power Operations, Nuclear, Transmission & Power Supply and Generation Construction, Projects & Services, according to a news release.

Timothy Rausch, former senior vice president and chief nuclear officer for Talen Energy’s Susquehanna nuclear plant, is TVA’s new chief nuclear officer and will report to Skaggs.

Skaggs’ promotion is effective immediately. Rausch will start Oct. 15, working on the transition with outgoing Chief Nuclear Officer Mike Balduzzi, who plans to retire in spring 2019, a news release said.

Thomas Rice, formerly director of Business Planning & Analysis, has been promoted to vice president of Financial Operations & Performance, effective immediately.

Read more here.

TVA’s Regional Energy Resource Council to meet in Chattanooga

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Regional Energy Resource Council will meet Thursday in Chattanooga and take public comment.

Topics scheduled for discussion during the session include TVA’s 2019 Integrated Resource Plan, Focus Areas of the plan, the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and Public Engagement in the plan.

The RERC is a Federal Advisory Committee created by TVA to advise our board and leadership on its energy resource activities. The Council advised TVA on its 2015 IRP, which helped TVA achieve air quality improvement goals and led to the utility’s current 55 percent carbon-free portfolio.

The working session takes place from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Chattanoogan Hotel, 1201 Broad St. in downtown Chattanooga.

The public is invited to share their views and opinions directly to the RERC members during an hour-long public comment session beginning at 1 p.m. Anyone who wishes to speak should register at the door between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

TVA webinar reveals 2019 IRP schedule, next steps

The Tennessee Valley Authority hosted a webinar in May to provide transparency to stakeholders and the public at-large on the status of the 2019 Integrated Resource Plan.

The 2019 IRP is expected to provide TVA direction on how to best meet future electricity demand. Building upon the work done in prior plans, TVA has started the 2019 IRP to proactively address the changing utility marketplace.

TVA says this latest IRP will explore various scenarios related to the expansion of distributed energy resources in the Tennessee Valley. TVA also is seeking to improve its understanding of the impact and benefit of system flexibility with increasing renewable and distributed resources.

During the webinar, TVA leaders discussed some of the major themes received during the public comment and scoping period which began February 15 and wrapped up on April 16.

TVA received hundreds of comments during that time frame with topics ranging from:

  • Encouragement of clean energy initiatives, renewable energy, and research and development on DERs
  • Call for special attention to environmental justice/affected environment analyses on impacts to limited income households
  • General interest in energy efficiency measures and energy storage alternatives
  • General input on modeling, metrics/calculations and evaluation criteria
  • General comments on fuel diversification options

TVA will now be compiling a report summarizing the scoping input which will describe how TVA is responding to the input during the development of the IRP and the EIS. This scoping report will also detail scenarios, strategies, and energy resources being carried forward in the IRP and IRP EIS analysis. It’s important to note the scoping report is scheduled to be posted to the IRP website in early July 2018.

During the webinar, TVA also provided a schedule and timeline of future milestones regarding the 2019 IRP.

  • By Summer/Fall of 2018, a series of deep evaluations and analysis work will be completed, as well as some initial modeling will be drafted.
  • By Winter/Spring 2019, pending Valley-wide public meetings TVA will present its initial results and publish a draft EIS and IRP.
  • By Spring/Summer 2019, public meetings will have wrapped up and TVA says it will incorporate that input into the 2019 IRP.
  • By Summer 2019, a preferred plan and direction will be identified with TVA’s board approval and a final publication of the EIS and 2019 IRP will be available.

For a link to TVA’s 2019 IRP website, click here.

TAEBC hosts lunch & learn with TVA’s newest board member Jeff Smith

TAEBC members had the opportunity to have an open dialogue with the newest addition to TVA’s board, Jeff Smith.

Smith was nominated by President Donald Trump on Sept. 21, 2017, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Dec. 21, 2017. He was sworn in by U.S. District Judge Pamela L. Reeves of the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Director Smith lives in Knoxville and serves as the Executive Vice President of Operations for UT-Battelle and the Deputy for Operations at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

During the meeting, Smith discussed his leadership style was something that was passed down to him from his father by leaving things in a better condition then when you found it.

He also elaborated how when it comes to economic development, TVA has been working to recruit companies to the area by making things more simplistic. He mentioned several conversations have taken place at TVA as the energy company sees more industries moving to the area, they are brainstorming ways TVA can be involved in the process.

Jeff also seemed open to more focus groups and interactions with stakeholders that include pilot or demonstration projects with TAEBC members.