Post Tagged with: "Energy"

Hot Days Haven’t Strained Electric Grid Yet

by / on July 19, 2011

Despite days where air conditioners and electric fans seem to run nonstop, the Tennessee Valley Authority says this summer’s heat hasn’t been too much of a strain on the electric grid, so far.

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TVA Draft Plan Looks to Trim Coal, Boost Efficiency and Nuclear Power

by / on September 16, 2010

The Tennessee Valley Authority is weighing plans that would shrink its dependence on coal to make electricity. That’s while ramping up an emphasis on efficiency, and nuclear power.

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State to Offer $2500 Rebate on Electric Cars

by / on September 8, 2010

The first thousand people to buy electric cars in Tennessee could receive a $2500 rebate from the state.

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Haslam: TDEC Must Balance Business, Environment

by / on August 31, 2010

The Republican Candidate for governor says the state has to balance its environmental concerns with the drive to recruit businesses to Tennessee.

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Auto Supplier to Create 170 Jobs in Shelbyville

by / on August 26, 2010

An auto supplier that makes parts for Nissan and Volkswagen announced today they’ll open a plant in Shelbyville.

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Haslam Supports Switchgrass Program

by / on August 16, 2010

The Republican candidate for governor says he supports the state’s effort to make switchgrass a competitive alternative to fossil fuel. The state invested some $70 million three years ago toward research, and a small-scale biorefinery in East Tennessee, to work on turning switchgrass into ethanol.

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Economic Lull Grants TVA Respite to Re-evaluate Plants

by / on July 28, 2010

The Tennessee Valley Authority is making far less electricity today than it thought it would need to if the economy hadn’t cooled down over the last few years. Because of that lull in demand, officials say they’re not depending as much on some of TVA’s less efficient power plants. And they’re thinking about which ones they might replace.

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New Monitors to Detect Seepage at TVA Gallatin Plant’s Ash Pond

by / on July 21, 2010

The project comes after an ash pond’s dyke burst at a TVA plant in Kingston in 2008, spilling millions of cubic yards of ash into a nearby river.

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Pilot, Flying J Complete Merger, With FTC Conditions

by / on July 1, 2010

Thursday, Knoxville-based Pilot Travel Centers finished a deal to buy the Flying J truck-stop chain for some $1.8 billion. But to close the deal, the Federal Trade Commission made Pilot sell off 26 stores, saying otherwise the lack of competition could have driven up diesel prices.

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TVA Ash Spill Clean-up Moves to Next Phase,Will Store Ash Onsite Using New Precautions

by / on June 1, 2010

The Tennessee Valley Authority is shifting into the next phase of its cleanup of the massive coal-ash spill near Knoxville. That’s where an earthen dam burst in December of 2008, spilling millions of tons of ash sludge, which is what’s left over after coal is burned for energy and dumped in a lake. And now TVA says it will keep some of the ash from the cleanup on site.

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Final Cleanup Plan for Kingston Ash Spill Will Take another Year or More: EPA

by / on May 24, 2010

TVA is wrapping up its operation to dredge ash out of the Emory River this week, even though it’s leaving between a quarter and a half million cubic yards of ash in the waterway. That’s at the Kingston Fossil Plant where an earthen dam broke a year and a half ago, spilling several million tons of ash sludge.

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Ramsey Considering Per-Vehicle Fee To Replace Gas Tax

by / on March 3, 2010

A Republican candidate for governor says Tennessee has to change how it pays for roads.

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Blackburn Adds Name to Climate Change Challenge

by / on February 23, 2010

Brentwood Republican Marsha Blackburn’s name has been added to a legal action challenging an EPA statement on climate change.

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TVA, Insurers Could Soon Discuss Cost of Kingston Spill

by / on January 4, 2010

The Tennessee Valley Authority is still working out whether insurance will help cover the cost of the massive coal ash spill at its Kingston plant in December 2008. TVA ratepayers are already making payments on the billion-dollar cleanup effort, though falling fuel costs have, so far, offset the added expense to electric bills.

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NES Picked as Test Market for TVA Energy Efficiency Program

by / on May 27, 2009

The Tennessee Valley Authority will use Nashville Electric Service as a test market for offering financial incentives to customers who make efficiency improvements.

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Switchgrass Initiative, Model for New Solar Plan, Now Runs on DOE Funds

by / on May 18, 2009

The solar research initiative Governor Bredesen proposed last week is modeled after another alternative energy project in Tennessee: the biofuel program launched two years ago.

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Bredesen Proposes Solar Farm, Institute

Bredesen Proposes Solar Farm, Institute

by / on May 13, 2009

Governor Phil Bredesen is proposing the state spend federal stimulus dollars to develop solar technology in Tennessee. The initiative would create a 20-acre “solar farm,” and attract researchers to the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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TSU Receives 250 Acre Land Grant Near Proposed Site For May Town Center

by / on February 26, 2009

Tennessee State University announced today it’s receiving the largest land donation in the school’s history. The gift of 250 acres west of downtown Nashville is almost certain to factor into the debate over the development of one of Nashville’s last green spaces.

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Odds Of Percy Priest Dam Breaking Are Minimal, But Potential Damage Too Great To Ignore

by / on February 24, 2009

A new report by the Corps of Engineers says there’s no sign of imminent danger at Nashville’s Percy Priest Dam. But if it were to break, the potential consequences are too grave to ignore.

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‘Earth Hour’ to Darken Downtown in March

by / on February 13, 2009

Parts of downtown Nashville will go dark for an hour on the last Saturday of March, as part of a global environmental effort by the World Wildlife Fund.

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