Tennessee teaches businesses,public officials to save energy

The Tennessee Energy Education Initiative offers free training for businesses, public officials and communities in energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy management.

FILE - In this March 11, 2009 file photo, a wind mill, rear center, supplies water to a stock tank, surrounded by wind turbines of the Smoky Hills Wind Project near Wilson, Kansas. Tucked into the "fiscal cliff" tax package approved by Congress are billions of dollars in tax breaks, including a tax credit for the production of wind, solar and other renewable energy. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, file)

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) -- Two new statewide programs aim to make Tennessee more energy efficient and increase the use of renewable energy.

The Tennessee Energy Education Initiative offers free training for businesses, public officials and communities in energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy management.

The initiative includes free workshops and conferences across the state. Some of the events will hit specific topics like energy efficiency in multi-family housing, while others will provide universally applicable information. Materials from the events will also be available online.

The program was announced at a meeting of the Tennessee Renewable Energy and Economic Development Council in Jackson earlier this week.

Also announced was Tennessee's Qualified Energy Conservation Bond Program. These are direct subsidy bonds that may be issued by state and local governments to finance energy conservation projects.


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