Georgia is whupping Tennessee in more than just football this year

Let’s talk about the ridiculously lopsided football game at Neyland Stadium last week. The University of Georgia (UGA) pummeled the University of Tennessee (UT) 41-0…in UT’s own backyard. This annual match is usually competitive, but this year, UT suffered their first shutout in over 20 years. But have you noticed that Georgia is whupping Tennessee in more than just college football this year?

EmPower TN Selects First-Round Energy Efficiency Projects for $33.6 Million in Funding

Thanks to proactive investment in energy efficiency, the Volunteer State is one step closer to seeing significant reductions in the utility bills paid by state-operated facilities. The Tennessee Office of Customer Focused Government recently announced the selection of the first round of funding under the EmPower TN program, which will provide $33.6 million for 33 projects. [...]

Knoxville Advances to Quarterfinals in Georgetown University Energy Prize

Saving money through energy efficiency is already a sweet deal, but the chance to win a $5 million prize sweetens the pot quite a bit. Today marks the official start of the quarterfinalist phase of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a national two-year competition to reduce energy usage through coordinated community efforts in small- to [...]

UT Pledges to Clean Up Campus Coal Plant

Reagan Richmond, Executive Director of the Southern Energy Network, contributed to and edited this blogpost.   When Gov. Bill Haslam gave his State of the State address on January 28, he expressed his plans for the coal-fired steam plant located on the University of Tennessee’s campus to become more environmentally friendly.  Usually, for coal plants [...]

Attention Deficit Hawks: Renewable Energy Provides Way Forward

With the 2012 election cycle in full swing, an emerging hot topic has been government subsidies in energy.  Government funding for renewable energy has come under attack, coupled with claims that renewable energy is the Obama administration’s pet project, that it receives disproportionately large sums of money, and so on.  However, when one looks actually [...]

Revitalizing a Community with Environment in Mind: A New Hope in New Norris

This blog was written by SACE intern Jeannie McKinney and Natalie Mims. Our nation has seen an exponential rise in environmental activism and energy problem solving within the last decade, and the Southeast is no exception.  Today, community groups are starting to create their own energy and sustainability solutions to local and national environmental problems. [...]

Solar Decathlon impresses despite nasty weather

All week last week, while traveling to Denver for a conference by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, I was looking forward to the Solar Decathlon. (No offense to ACEEE of course.) Even on Friday, when the weather was best described as “questionable,” it was a great feeling to walk across the D.C. [...]