Tennessee city announces new efficiency initiative

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The US city of Chattanooga is working together with the Electric Power Board (EPB) to help residents in four neighbourhoods improve their energy efficiency.

The city will use a $300,000 grant secured from the Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund and green spaces to help consumers in Highland Park, East Lake, East Chattanooga and Alton Park to reduce energy costs.

Andy Berke, mayor of Chattanooga city, said: “This commitment from the Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund will allow residents in these areas to save up to 20% per month on their household energy costs.”

The grant will be used to improve existing energy efficiency programmes being implemented by the city council, EPB and green spaces through to 2019.

EPB and green spaces will jointly conduct research on how the utility’s Home Energy Upgrade programme can be improved.

In January 2018, green spaces will launch a new programme, Build it Green, to improve consumer awareness on energy efficiency. The programme will recruit and equip youth residing in neighbourhoods with high energy consumption rates with knowledge on energy conservation and efficiency. The recruits will be paid $10 a day for participating in the 12-week energy efficiency programme.

Elizabeth Hammitt, EPB’s director of environmental stewardship and community, said:”This grant is truly an example of how working together works, of how leveraging resources as a community brings more resources to the community.”

Other energy efficiency investments

Meanwhile, the New York state government is directing $12 million in investment towards improving energy efficiency in industrial and multi-family buildings. The investment will be used by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to expand the implementation of the Real Time Energy Management programme. Read more…

While in Europe, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development gave Polish bank, Euro Bank SA, a $27.9 million loan to fund energy efficiency upgrades in residential buildings. Read more…

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.