Join TAEBC in Washington D.C.

The Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council was invited by the U.S. Department of Energy to bring a delegation to Washington D.C. in September 2015 to meet with federal agencies and our federal delegation to “get problems solved and questions answered,” following a successful visit to D.C. in 2014.

We’ll use an application process to select approximately 10 TAEBC members to join us in Washington D.C. This is a great opportunity to educate public officials about Tennessee’s advanced energy economy and network with stakeholders and business leaders.

This trip is open to members only and special attention will be given to ensure our delegation represents a broad cross-section of Tennessee’s advanced energy economy.

The trip will likely coincide with the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative’s (CEMI) 2015 National Summit in D.C. Dates will be selected and applicants notified once the Department of Energy has selected its date for the summit.

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ORNL unveils new crowdsourcing website for building technologies

As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s efforts to improve the energy efficiency of the nation’s homes and buildings, lower energy costs, and enhance U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing, the Energy Department launched the new Buildings Crowdsourcing Community website last week. Administered by TAEBC member Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the new site,, will help technology innovators collect, share and evaluate input from customers and other stakeholders about next-generation building technologies.

Innovators including start-ups, designers, buildings scientists, and students can use the website to share ideas that could develop into new energy efficient technologies for homes and buildings.  Those interested in participating can register through the ORNL Buildings Crowdsourcing Community or they can vote on their favorite entries. The best ideas will be recognized during the Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office Industry Day hosted at ORNL in September.

The ORNL Buildings Crowdsourcing Community is now accepting new idea submissions, comments, and votes and submissions. The website will stay open until May 31, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Site members and users can still view the submissions, comments, and votes after May 31, but participation on the site will end after the submission timeframe expires.

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DOE issues DEIS for Plains & Eastern and identifies proposed route

The U.S. Department of Energy has released for public review and comment the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission line project. The Draft EIS describes the project, its purpose, and assesses its potential environmental impacts. TAEBC member Clean Line Energy (Clean Line) is developing the Plains & Eastern Clean Line, an approximately 700-mile overhead high voltage direct current transmission line and associated facilities capable of delivering more than 3,500 megawatts from renewable energy generation facilities in the Oklahoma Panhandle region to customers in Arkansas, Tennessee and other areas in the Mid-South and Southeast.  The Draft EIS identifies the proposed location of the direct current transmission line and other project facilities, and provides analysis of the potential environmental effects at these locations as well as alternatives.

Clean Line developed the proposed route for the direct current transmission line using a multi-step process that minimizes adverse impacts. Over the past several years, Clean Line received input regarding routes and other project locations from thousands of stakeholders, including landowners, local leaders, agencies, and conservation organizations in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

Prior to making a determination whether to participate in the proposed project, DOE, in consultation with the Southwestern Power Administration, must complete its evaluation of the proposed project, including reviewing the potential environmental impacts pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Other federal agencies, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Tennessee Valley Authority, are cooperating with DOE in the NEPA review.  DOE is accepting public comments on the Draft EIS and will hold public meetings in January and February of 2015.

To learn more, click here.