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  • TVA announced that it will retire the Paradise Coal Plant by 2020 and the Bull Run Plant by 2023.
    timesfreepress.com

    We had a good day at TVA Thursday!

    TVA announced that it will retire the Paradise Coal Plant by 2020 and the Bull Run Plant by 2023. We presented at the listening session on Wednesday in support of these closures. We also urged the Board to fulfill their moral obligation to help with a solid economic transition for the two communities affected. The Board made a public commitment to take this obligation seriously.

    TVA also passed policy that will made it much easier for local power companies to develop sources of renewable energy - and which will make it easily for solar companies to provide distributed renewable projects. This is also something we have been promoting for some time. We will continue to monitor the details.

    Thanks to Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign for organizing, and thanks for all who attended the listening session Wednesday and the Board Meeting Thursday. Our efforts can make a difference!

  • CN Meeting Notes Feb 7th 2019

    Metro Council had an opportunity to protect the health and well-being of its most vulnerable families Tuesday night and it failed.  It was considering a resolution to support NES developing a Round-UP program where electric bills would be rounded up to the nearest dollar - and the money would go to weatherize the homes of low-income people. Research shows that such programs greatly improve the health of families - and also prevent their need to choose between "heat or eat."

    The program would cost participating ratepayers less than 2 cents a day - Round-Up would be completely voluntary - and options to opt-out would be well-publicized. Knoxville and Memphis currently have highly successful Round-Up programs.

    After extensive debate the resolution in support of Round-Up was deferred indefinitely. My thanks to the Council members who spoke in favor of the program and to other supporters. We also had around 50 residents who showed up in support of the program.
    Round-Up is still alive - we will continue our campaign - look for updates.

  • CN Meeting Notes Jan 3rd 2019

    Report on December meeting with Mayor Briley and staff:

    On December 13, representatives from Climate Nashville, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, and Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light, met with Mayor Briley, his chief of staff Emily Passini and his officer for Transportation and Sustainability Mary Beth Ikard, with two requests: 1) to commit to 100% clean renewable energy to power Metro properties (including transportation) by 2025; and the entire city to run on 100% renewable energy soon after; 2) to form a working group to set concrete measurable steps, and enforce a timeline for implementation.

     Metro Nashville has already powered some fire stations by 2017 with renewable energy through the Dept. of General Services, and more has been done since then. Tennessee Valley Authority has committed to providing Google with renewable energy at its Bridgeport AL location, and its Clarkesville TN location, and there is no reason TVA could not do the same for Metro Nashville.

    On Jan 3rd 2019, members of CN and SACE attended the first reading of Resolution RS2018-1508 to encourage Nashville Electric Service to start a Round-It-Up program.This program will raise money to help low-income households make their homes more energy-efficient by weatherizing their homes and improving their heating/cooling systems, eg by repairing duct-work, insulating, caulking windows, etc.  This would be done through an existing Home Energy Uplift program jointly sponsored by TVA, NES, and Metro Government, that has already helped 77 low-income households in 2018. A further benefit is training of workers and creation of jobs to carry out the improvements. The opt-out program rounds NES customer monthly bills up to the nearest dollar; thus no household would pay more than $12 extra per year.

    Brady Watson of Indivisible Nashville and Middle Tennessee will be leading a group to meet with Rep. Jim Cooper on Monday 7th Jan, to urge him to support climate issues. The most likely requests will be to commit to not accepting money from fossil fuel companies, and to support a carbon fee and dividend bill

  • Around 500 people attend Peoples March for Climate and Science, Sept 8th 2018
    wsmv.com

    Around 500 people attended the Peoples March for Climate and Science on Sept 8th, at Public Square, downtown Nashville. This action was in line with Rise For Climate  https://riseforclimate.org/ - an international day of protest, timed to occur before the Global Climate Summit in San Francisco on Sept 13th.

    We braved the hot sun and humidity to rally and chant for action on climate change, and environmental justice. Speakers Wesley Roberts, Mayor David Briley, Molly Miller, Anne Davis, Jimmie Garland and Robert Wingfield, addressed us on the subject of climate change, environment, how to make Nashville a more sustainable city, and why pollution and climate change cause injustice to vulnerable populations. Musicians Shelby Bottom Duo, Judy Klass, Susan Shann and Tramaine Arte'Mis gave us music that was inspiring, rousing, satirical and hauntingly beautiful. We marched from Public Square to Legislative Plaza and back again. 

    https://www.tennessean.com/sto... gives more information about the importance of climate action.

  • Mayor Briley, NES and TVA Partner to Make Homes More Energy Efficient
    nashville.gov

    Climate Nashville has been advocating that TVA develop a low-income home energy improvement program. We are glad to see this new program announced

  • Local groups lobby Senator Alexander to support funding for the Dept of Energy's Clean Energy Research and Development budget.
    ucsusa.org

    The Union of Concerned Scientists met with 50 members of TN energy activist groups to speak about their concern for funding for clean energy research in the FY18 Federal Budget. The original plan was for $1.8 billion in cuts. However, Climate Nashville, SOCM and TIPL  lobbied Senator Alexander, the chair of the appropriations subcommittee. Alexander subsequently negotiated an increase of $320 million for energy projects. 

    Most impacted programs include: the Advanced Research Projects Agency; Title 17 Innovative Clean Energy Projects Loan Program; and Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program – all planned for elimination, but ultimately either kept level or funding increased. Other Offices planned to be cut, but ultimately given increased funding, include Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; Electricity Delivery and Reliability; and Energy Storage Program.

  • Nashville's first community solar power project heading to Madison
    tennessean.com
  • Climate March Draws Many Tennesseans to Nashville
    tntribune.com
  • Solar power is forging ahead, even if Trump doesn't talk about it
    washingtonpost.com
  • Tennesseans want more solar power and choices other than TVA
    timesfreepress.com