Seventeen Recipients to Receive Grants for Projects Benefiting Both the Environment and Bottom Line
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau today awarded more than $2.3 million to fund energy efficiency projects for local governments and municipalities, utilities, other organizations and private entities across Tennessee.
The Clean Tennessee Energy Grants were awarded to 17 recipients for projects designed to reduce air emissions, improve energy efficiency and create cost savings. Today’s announcement in Memphis marks the first time these grants have been made available. The grant program provides financial assistance to state and local government agencies, utility districts, and private businesses/organizations in Tennessee to purchase, install and construct energy projects.
Funding for the projects comes from an April 2011 Clean Air Act settlement with the Tennessee Valley Authority. Under the Consent Decree, Tennessee will receive $26.4 million over five years to fund clean air programs in the state (at approximately $5.25 million per year). In addition to the $2.3 million in Clean Energy Grants announced today, $3 million was announced earlier this year for energy efficiency projects in state government.