May 2005 - Governor Phil Bredesen announced plans for all state parks in Tennessee to purchase renewable energy, where available. Forty-four of the 54 state parks have access to green power through the Tennessee Valley Authority's Green Power Switch program and have committed to collectively purchase nearly 2.1 million kWh annually. The combined park purchases will cost $55,152 annually but will be offset by more than $190,000 in expected savings achieved through energy efficiency measures, such as lighting and cooling improvements.
The State of Tennessee also purchases green power for the Executive Residence and state buildings in downtown Nashville. Supporting greater use of renewable energy was a recommendation of the Governor's Interagency Workgroup on Air Quality.
News Release - Bredesen Announces Tennessee State Parks to Purchase Green Power
May 2002 - Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist announced that all state buildings in Nashville, including the Governor's mansion, are obtaining a portion of their power from renewable sources, making Tennessee the first state government in the Southeast to purchase green power. The power is supplied by Nashville Electric Service through the utility's participation in the Tennessee Valley Authority's Green Power Switch program, which utilizes wind, landfill-methane, and solar resources. The state's green power purchase amounts to 720,000 kWh per year for which it will pay an additional $19,000 annually.
Currently, more than 4,400 Tennessee residents and 220 businesses participate in Green Power Switch.
News Release - Governor Kicks Off Energy Policy; Signs Up State Buildings For Green Power - No longer online at www.state.tn.us
News Release - Tennessee the First Southeastern State to Buy Green Power - No longer online at cleanenergy.org
News Article - State buildings now using electricity generated by cleaner power sources - No longer online at tennessean.com
SACE Contact: Stephen Smith (865) 567-7429