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Green Power Switch News

Vol. 5, No. 2 — Summer 2005


Business Highlights

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Melvin Collins of Nashville Electric Service assists a consumer with information about Green Power Switch during Earth Day festivities at Centennial Park in Nashville. Despite the rainy, windy weather, several hundred people ventured out to the park to enjoy a day of free music, food, and informational exhibits.


KNOXVILLE—The General Services Administration (GSA) is now purchasing Green Power Switch for the Howard H. Baker Jr. United States Courthouse and the John J. Duncan Federal Building. In addition to its purchase of 110 blocks of green power, GSA has made both buildings more environmentally friendly and costefficient for taxpayers. By installing new energy management systems, lighting retrofits, waterless urinals, and many other modifications, GSA has significantly reduced its energy use.

BRISTOL, Tenn.—GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has become a member of the Green Power Switch program, purchasing enough renewable electric energy to equal the environmental benefit of removing 65 cars from the road or planting 100 acres of trees, according to Bristol Tennessee Electric System. GSK will purchase 41,250 kilowatt-hours, or 275 blocks, of Green Power Switch each month.

Wind work is a winner

Rick Carson of TVA’s Research and Technology Applications has been honored with the 2005 Regional Wind Powering America Award for his leadership in the development of wind energy in the Southeast. Wind Powering America is a program led by the U.S. Department of Energy to promote wind-energy development through outreach and support projects.


Carson, who has been actively involved in establishing TVA’s wind energy program at Buffalo Mountain in east Tennessee, has conducted wind monitoring, tall-tower testing, and turbine-verification testing for the U.S. Department of Energy. He has also supported Appalachian State University in field-testing small wind turbines and in outreach activities.


Carson also received the Trailblazer Award at the 2005 Southeast Green Energy Summit May 2-4 in Orlando, Florida. The award recognizes outstanding contributions by an individual in helping to promote growth in the green power and renewable energy industry in the Southeast.


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In this issue

Wind turbines dedicated

Tennessee state parks go green

Memphis utility now offers GPS

EPB employees, students work to beautify school grounds

Business Highlights

Students energized for action

Generation & Participation Updates

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