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Sierra Club Targets TVA in State-Wide Ad Campaign

 

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This is a selection from the ad that the Sierra club ran last Sunday.

Madeline Faber

Editorial Intern-Memphis Business Journal

July 29th, 2014

The Sierra Club has launched a statewide ad campaign to promote green alternatives to the Tennessee Valley Authority’s re-purposing of Memphis’ Allen Fossil Plant.

On Sunday the Sierra Club ran a full-page ad in the Knoxville News-Sentinel applauding the TVA for retiring the Memphis coal burning plant and urging that they adopt renewable resources instead of replacing the plant with a natural gas facility.

Ads will also run in the Commercial Appeal and the Memphis Flyer. Radio advertisements will run throughout late July in Chattanooga, Knoxville and Memphis. A digital ad campaign will also be introduced.

TVA plans to retire the coal plant and re-purpose it by December 2018 in accordance with new standards by the Environmental Protection Agency. The company will make a final decision about the Allen Fossil Plant at August 21 in Knoxville. They are accepting public comments on its draft environmental assessment through August 8.

According to TVA, the plant contributed to climate change pollution by emitting more than 4.7 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in 2013. The Allen Fossil Plant is the biggest emitter of carbon dioxide in Shelby County.

Scott Banbury, Conservation Coordinator for the Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club, says, “Moving from a big coal plant to an even larger scale gas plant is a step in the wrong direction. This campaign is designed to show TVA, and the general public, that wind energy, solar power, and energy efficiency savings are the best solution for Tennessee’s future.”

Big Box Stores Unmet Renewable Energy Demand

12 companies have signed the Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles to better communicate their purchasing needs and expectations to the marketplace. The companies – Bloomberg, Facebook, General Motors, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Mars, Novelis, Procter and Gamble, REI, Sprint, and Walmart – hope the principles will open up new opportunities for collaboration with utilities and energy suppliers to increase their ability to buy renewable energy sharing a combined renewable energy target of 8.4 million MWh per year through 2020.

The 12 participating companies are seeking a market shift to achieve their sustainable energy goals.
The Buyers’ Principles outline six criteria that would significantly help companies meet their ambitious purchasing goals:
1. Greater choice in procurement options;
2. More access to cost-competitive options;
3. Longer- and variable-term contracts;
4. Access to new projects that reduce emissions beyond business as usual;
5. Streamlined third-party financing; and
6. Increased purchasing options with utilities.

More information can be found here

Green Earth Solar Completes Second Project for Owner John Harrison

Harrison Dairy Solar Installation

Knoxville-based Green Earth Solar finished up the 39.6-kilowatt system in May, which is made of 128 310-watt panels and is expected to generate more than 46,000 kilowatts annually.
The installation was the second project between Green Earth Solar and Sweetwater Valley owner John Harrison. Completion comes a year after Harrison installed a 50-kilowatt energy system at his Thunder Hollow Farm.
Trevor Casey, Green Earth Solar director of sales, said implementing a green energy system took “a little under a week.” The project was funded through a $20,000 United States Department of Agriculture grant.
“I don’t have much thoughts on it because it’s pretty simple. It just sits there and works,” Harrison said, laughing. “It’s pretty straight forward. It’s one of the few things that we seem to do that doesn’t require much effort. It’s pretty effortless, I guess, is how I’d describe it.

While he doesn’t have anything currently planned, Harrison said he would keep an eye out for other opportunities to go green.
“In my case, a lot of it has to do with what else you’ve got going on with your business and what your tax situation is,” Harrison said. “If we had other needs that would do the same thing tax wise, you need to be able to take advantage of the tax credits.”

Policy for Water Conservation for the Power Sector “doesn’t exist”

Water cooling leading to increased water temperature and loss of water as fog

“There are cost effective things that the power sector can do that would conserve water that will also reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions,” said Paul Faeth, director of energy, water and climate at the CNA think tank’s Institute for Public Research.

CNA Corporation in its July 2014 report, “A Clash of Competing Necessities” documents the use of water for generating electric power as follows: an estimated 40% of all freshwater withdrawal in the US is used for thermal cooling. Coal with carbon capture and storage (CSS) came out top, using 4.3 cubic metres of water for every MWh.
Nuclear is a close second using 4.2, coal alone uses 2.3, natural gas 1, wind uses zero, and PV uses 0.1 cubic metres per MWh.

For ‘consumption’ of water, whereby water is completely removed from the local environment, CCS uses 3.2 cubic metres per MWh, nuclear 2.5, coal 1.9, natural gas 0.7 – and again wind uses zero and PV uses 0.1.

Water concerns “for policy makers and for many people are also a higher priority than climate change,” he said, adding that in drought it “doesn’t matter what the cause of drought is you still have to respond, and if you can respond in a way that is cost effective and mitigates emissions, such as using wind and PV, then that is a real plus.”

EPA Clean Power Plan Public Forum

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Please join us for a public forum on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, hosted by the University of Tennessee’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Tennessee Valley Authority. Because seating is limited, registration for the forum is strongly encouraged. Additional details, including registration and parking information, are provided below and also available by clicking here.

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