Governor signs Clean Energy Act

On Wednesday, July 8, Beth traveled to Nashville to support Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen as he signed the Tennessee Clean Energy Future Act of 2009. Beth served on the Governor’s Task Force on Clean Energy Policy with others from across the state. Their recommendations, after a year of meetings and research, helped shape the basis of the new law.

Bredesen said the new law “sets the stage for a brighter clean energy future in Tennessee.” The law focuses on three areas:

  • Requiring state government to lead by example with improved energy efficiency in its buildings and vehicle fleets;
  • Encourage job creation with new incentives in the clean-energy economy; and
  • Promoting greater residential energy efficiency statewide.

“Sound energy policy begins with a statewide commitment to efficiency and conservation,” Bredesen said. “The fact is: The cleanest energy of all is the energy that we don’t use. I look forward to working with local governments to develop additional programs in the future that promote efficiency across our state.”

Also at the signing, the governor announced a $9.3 million grant funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which will help small and medium sized cities and counties with energy efficient upgrades in local government facilities.

To read more about the act, click here.