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KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 10, 2023 – The Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council released the first episode of its second season of Energizing Tennessee, powered by  FirstBank. The podcast explores the latest news and insights about Tennessee’s advanced energy sector.

The first episode of the new season featured a conversation between Host Cortney Piper and Julian Spector, senior reporter at Canary Media, an independent, nonprofit newsroom covering the transition to clean energy and solutions to the climate crisis. The pair spoke about Spector’s recent coverage of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s decarbonization efforts and the Southeast’s journey toward becoming a major electric vehicle and battery supply chain hub. The episode provides a bird’s eye view of the clean energy transition in Tennessee and beyond.

Piper spoke with representatives from 17 companies In the podcast’s inaugural season, including TVA, Ford, Piedmont Lithium, Hitachi Zosen Inova, DENSO, Techstars, Kairos Power and Pilot Company. From advanced nuclear to cleantech startups, the podcast kept finding new ways to answer a big question: Why are so many companies investing in Tennessee? For its second season, the podcast will continue to answer this question and explore how people and organizations are helping “energize” the state’s advanced energy sector.

“Driven by our nation’s commitment to bring manufacturing back to the US, corporations accelerating their pace to meet sustainability goals and the nation’s largest public power provider boosting its commitment to clean energy and innovation, Tennessee’s advanced energy sector is booming,” said Cortney Piper, podcast host and executive director of TAEBC. “Our listeners will have a front-row seat as we explore the Volunteer State’s prominent position in the advanced energy sector as we talk with the leaders, job creators and innovators making it happen.”

To listen to the first episode of Season 2 of Energizing Tennessee, visit the TAEBC website or subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

About Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council

The Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council (TAEBC) champions advanced energy as an economic development and job creation strategy. Advanced energy is technology-neutral and includes electricity and transportation. Anything that makes energy cleaner, safer, more secure or more efficient is in the tent. No other entity in the state concentrates specifically on this robust sector. We educate public officials and business leaders about Tennessee’s advanced energy economy, establish strategic partnerships to connect assets with opportunities and inform policy that expands and strengthens the industry. TAEBC hosts the Energizing Tennessee podcast, which explores the latest news and insights about the advanced energy sector. For more information, visit