Listening Session with TVA’s Jay Stowe

Listening Session with TVA’s Jay Stowe, Senior Vice President of Distributed Energy Resources

Friday, May 5, 2017
1:00 p.m. ET

Missionary Ridge Building
1101 Market Street
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37203

The agenda is as follows:

Michael Scalf, Senior Strategic Consultant, Enterprise Relations & Innovation, TVA

TAEBC & Advanced Energy Industry Overview
Cortney Piper, Vice President, TAEBC

Jay Stowe, Senior Vice President of Distributed Energy Resources, TVA

Interactive Q&A Session
Facilitated by Cortney Piper

Closing Remarks
Michael Scalf, Senior Strategic Consultant, Enterprise Relations & Innovation, TVA

TAEBC’s first Energy Connect event a success; Thanks to sponsor Bradley

TAEBC kicked off its new summer event series with an Energy Connect networking opportunity in Nashville at the headquarters of event sponsor and member Bradley (formerly Bradley Arant Boult Cummings) in early May.

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Left to right: Energy Connect event sponsor Chris Bowles with Bradley; Speaker John Bradley with TVA; and TAEBC President and Charter member Silicon Ranch’s Matt Kisber.

More than 20 TAEBC members and Bradley invitees attended to hear a presentation on economic development from TVA’s John Bradley.

Energy Connect events are sponsored by members and for members. With a sponsorship, members choose their event type and TAEBC promotes and secures attendance.

TAEBC’s Energy Connect gives members the opportunity to network more times during the year, increase the visibility of their business, and share expertise and information.

Energy Connect events can include:

  • Factory or facility tour
  • Featured speaker for coffee, lunch or happy hour
  • “Lunch and learn” style information sharing lecture

Thank you Energy Connect sponsor Bradley.

Stay tuned for more information on upcoming events. For sponsorship info visit here. For up-to-date TAEBC events, check the calendar on the website.

Oak Ridge National Lab to Open Chattanooga Office

TAEBC Charter member, Oak Ridge National Laboratory announced during the Southeast Regional Innovation Energy Workshop held in Chattanooga earlier this week that they will soon open an office in downtown Chattanooga. TAEBC moderated a panel discussion during the workshop, which in addition to ORNL, was also sponsored by TAEBC Charter member, The University of Tennessee.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, ORNL is readying an office at EPB, where researchers from the lab have been studying the city-owned utility’s pioneering smart grid and fiber optic system.

Logo_ORNLORNL Director Thom Mason told the Times Free Press the first staffers will be those already working with EPB on the smart grid. Mason said he hopes the initiative will grow over time.

Opening a Chattanooga office to help spread anCity-Seald commercialize innovations from ORNL is part of a natural extension of the Oak Ridge facilities, Mason said.

“We are proud of our past and the ‘secret city’ that was built in Oak Ridge during World War II, but today, the Oak Ridge lab is primarily an open science and energy lab,” he said. “The work that we do only achieves its full potential when it turns into technology that gets deployed and [is] in products that people buy and services that are sold.”

The lab does the research, but does not bring the fruits of its discoveries to the marketplace. That’s what backers of the outreach office hope Chattanooga businesses will do.

Oak Ridge also has a major weapons production facility operated by the National Nuclear Security Administration, which is building a $6.5 billion uranium processing facility to replace its aging Y-12 weapons complex. Forty-two Chattanooga businesses have bid for work on the uranium processing facility, which will be the largest construction project ever in Tennessee.

Chattanooga will soon be involved in a $2.4 million initiative by EPB to build solar installations in Sale Creek and near downtown as part of a TVA pilot program. Over the past two years, ORNL researchers studying EPB’s smart grid have worked to develop ways to analyze and use all of the extra information and data collected by the system. EPB uses technology called Intelliruptors to detect problems earlier, restore power more quickly when problems develop and allow for better planning and load management.

Mason said that, as a laboratory, “We’re used to experiments, and this new office is a bit of an experiment in itself” in expanding the reach of DOE’s scientific studies.

“Given the collaboration we already have with EPB involving their smart grid, this seems like a natural place to start in Chattanooga,” Mason said.

“We’re doing a lot of work on additive manufacturing and 3-D printing which there is obvious interest in by a number of businesses in Chattanooga. For the SIM Center at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, modular computing and simulation is a signature strength of Oak Ridge (with the world’s second-fastest computer). There are a number of areas of possibilities, so what we want to start with is having a liaison to better connect Chattanooga to our lab and all we have to offer.”

Congratulations to ORNL. TAEBC looks forward to supporting our Charter member’s continued expansion throughout Tennessee.

Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press


TAEBC Introduces Energy Connect Summer Series: Networking Opportunities Hosted by Members, for Members

The summer is heating up to be an energizing time for TAEBC with the launch of the new Energy Connect Summer Series in May. Hosted by members for members, Energy Connect provides networking opportunities to introduce new products and services and talk about timely topics.

Upcoming sessions will feature events sponsored by TAEBC members, Genera Energy, PHG Energy and Silicon Ranch. Watch your email and the TAEBC website event calendar for updates and more information.

BABC_LogoOn May 17, TAEBC member, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, hosts the first Energy Connect session in Nashville, at 1600 Division Street, #700, from 4:30-5:30 pm CT, featuring TVA’s Senior VP of Economic Development, John Bradley.

Bradley will talk about “Economic Development Trends in the Tennessee Valley.” Economic development initiatives create jobs and capital investment. Bradley will discuss the latest on TVA’s programs and give members insight into how TVA is helping to retain and recruit advanced energy companies and manufacturers to the state.

John BradleyAt TVA, Bradley has implemented a broad range of new initiatives including a targeted industrial recruitment program and increased support for community development and existing companies. He is a veteran economic development professional with more than 30 years’ experience. He came to TVA in 2002, and since that time has spearheaded the Megasites Certification Program; Valley Investment Initiative; The Data Center Sites Identification Initiative; TVA’s Rural Development Strategy and TVA’s Product Development Initiative.

Bradley’s leadership led to TVA being named one of the top utilities for economic development. Personally, Bradley was twice named one of the Top 10 Who Made a Difference in Economic Development by Southern Business & Development magazine. He serves as a member of Tennessee’s Rural Development Task Force.

The Energy Connect Summer Series at BABC will conclude with networking, featuring appetizers and happy hour beverages.

To register or for more information, here.


Tennessee Valley Authority publishes Final 2015 Integrated Resource Plan

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has published its Final 2015 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and associated Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The purpose of the IRP is to determine how TVA can best meet the energy needs of the Tennessee Valley region over the next 20 years while supporting TVA’s mandates for environmental stewardship and economic development.

The Final IRP and EIS are available online here.