East Tenn. public facilities to receive $1.9M in funding

8/16/2017

Several East Tennessee counties will see improvements to public facilities thanks to $1.9 million in funding announced by Gov. Bill Haslam.

Haslam said 24 communities in 11 distressed counties will be sharing the money.

“Clean Tennessee Energy Grants help our communities reduce costs, increase savings, waste less energy and promote clean air,” Haslam said. “I appreciate the efforts of these grant recipients whose work will continue to make Tennessee a great place to live, work and raise a family.” Funding comes for a 2011 Clean Air Act settlement with the Tennessee Valley Authority. Under the consent decree Tennessee received $26.4 million to fund clean air programs in the state.

“In 2011, Tennessee and other states were parties to a federal court settlement of an enforcement action under the federal Clean Air Act that resulted in a consent decree with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA),” said Eric Ward, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation spokesman. “A part of the consent decree obligates TVA to provide Tennessee $26.4 million to fund environmental mitigation projects. The funds are to be paid over 5 years or longer, with the first-year payment not to exceed $5.28 million.”

The list of projects include the following:

» City of Jellico received $20,000 to replace all interior lighting with the City Hall to LED light fixtures.

» City of LaFollette received $100,000 to repair 24 air conditioning units in a community building.

» City of Maynardville received $22,600 to replace lighting with City Hall with LED light fixtures.

» Morristown Housing Authority received $78,012 to remove electric furnaces and install all-electric Energy Star heat pump systems.

» Cocke County received $19,095 to replace lighting in the Cocke County Courthouse with LED lighting.

» Union County received $38,810 to upgrade the HVAC units at the Union County Courthouse.

The biggest grant, $232,623, went to Haywood County in West Tennessee to upgrade lighting and utilities in several county buildings.

“We were pleased to offer this round of grant funding to communities that have not received support before or are identified as distressed by the Department of Economic and Community Development,” said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau. “From more cost-effective lighting systems to efficient heating and air units, these awards will enhance service to customers while minimizing operating costs for these entities, saving taxpayer dollars.”

Source: Knoxville News Sentinel by STEVE AHILLEN

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