State and Local Policy Database

Tennessee

State Scorecard Rank

25

Tennessee

16.0Scored out of 50Updated 9/2016
State Government
Score: 6 out of 7
State Government Summary List All

The state offers a variety of financial incentives for energy efficiency. The state government leads by example by requiring energy-efficient buildings and fleets, benchmarking energy use in public buildings, and encouraging the use of energy savings performance contracts. The state has several major research centers focused on energy efficiency.

Financial Incentives List All

Financial incentive information for Tennessee is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Tennessee). Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here.

EmPower Tennessee Initiative: Through this initiative the state is working to reduce energy costs and consumption across state-owned and managed facilities by measuring and controlling energy use, investing in increasing energy efficiency and renewable power generation, and creating an operational environment of excellence. Of the state's approved $43 million budget for FY2016, over $37 million is dedicated to energy efficiency projects. The remainder will go to the procurement and implementation of a utility data management system and related energy management infrastructure.

Clean Tennessee Energy Grant Program: The purpose of the Clean Tennessee Energy Grant Program is to select and fund projects that best result in a reduction of emissions and hazardous air pollutants. The Clean Tennessee Energy Grant Program provides financial assistance to state agencies, public higher education entities, local governments, utility districts, and entities created by statute (airport authorities, housing authorities, etc.) to purchase, install, and construct energy projects that fit into one of the following eligible project categories:

  1. Cleaner Alternative Energy: biomass, geothermal, solar, wind
  2. Energy Conservation: Lighting, HVAC improvements, improved fuel efficiency, insulation, idling minimization
  3. Air Quality Improvement: GHG, SO2, VOC’s, NOx, HAP’s

 

Last Updated: July 2017

Building Energy Disclosure List All

There is no disclosure policy in place.

Last Updated: July 2017

Public Building Requirements List All

The Tennessee Clean Energy Future Act of 2009 created the State Building Energy Management Program (SBEM), which is responsible for coordination and implementation of State government facility energy efficiency efforts. Located within the Department of General Services (DGS), Tennessee’s SBEM is designed to monitor energy data and usage in State buildings across Tennessee and identify energy efficiency projects in conjunction with owning agencies and departments. All departments are required by statute to assist SBEM by providing energy usage data and must appoint a department coordinator for such purposes. Efforts to obtain reliable energy consumption data from all agencies have been challenging due to varied invoice handling procedures across the State. However, utility cost and consumption data for Facilities Revolving Fund (FRF) spaces (those under direct DGS control amounting to 150 owned and 350 leased properties totaling 10 million square feet) has been collected and input into a utility management system. SBEM is currently working with other agencies to expand collection of accurate, consistent data for all State facilities. 

In 2015, the Tennessee General Assembly approved funding in the FY 2015-16 State budget for EmPower TN, Governor Bill Haslam's statewide "lead-by-example" strategy to reduce the State's energy consumption and costs across state-owned and managed facilities through the implementation of energy efficiency projects and energy management systems and processes. The appropriated budget is in excess of $43 million, with $37.5 million dedicated to energy efficiency (EE) projects and the remainder to the procurement and implementation of an enterprise utility data management (UDM) system and related energy management infrastructure. The UDM system will collect energy cost and consumption data and allow for the analysis, tracking, reporting, comparison and benchmarking for every State facility. To maximize utility savings opportunities for State facilities, the State building energy management statutory responsibilities for State-owned and managed facilities (Tenn. Code Ann. 4-3-1012 and 4-3-1017-1019) were transferred from the Department of General Services (DGS) to TDEC Office of Energy Programs (OEP) via Executive Order on January 1, 2017. A new section, State Facility Utility Management (SFUM), was formed under TDEC OEP to oversee these responsibilities, as well as the EmPower TN strategy. SFUM is required by statute to track and analyze utility, including energy, cost and consumption data. All departments and public higher education institutions are required by statute to assist SFUM by providing energy usage data and must appoint a department coordinator or liaison for such purposes. Utility cost and consumption data for Facilities Revolving Fund (FRF) spaces (those under direct DGS control amounting to 150 owned and 350 leased properties totaling 10 million square feet) has been and continues to be collected and input into a utility management system. SFUM is currently leading the aforementioned EmPower TN UDM project, which is expanding the collection of utility cost and consumption data to the entire State portfolio of approximately 97 million square feet.  This necessitates the collection of several years' worth of historical billing data and the establishment of on-going monthly feeds for approximately 10,000 utility bills. Formal reduction goals will be determined once baselines are established under the UDM project. The Office of the State Architect and the Department of General Services (DGS) have collaborated to develop the High Performance Building requirements (HPBr), which build upon the existing State of Tennessee Sustainable Design Guidelines, to provide an energy-efficient and consistent approach to new construction, renovation, and operation and maintenance of all State buildings based on industry best practices.

The EmPower TN Initiative has launched a centralized utility data collection and benchmarking effort for State facilities. On March 1, 2016, the State executed a multi-year contract with EnergyCAP, Inc., to provide Utility Data Management (UDM) software to all State owned facilities (97,000,000+ square feet), which includes benchmarking capabilities as well as consumption and cost dashboards. In Q3 2016, all the State's utility accounts were identified and logged into the UDM system by collecting one of every utility invoice paid by State agencies and public higher education institutions. The EmPower TN UDM Project will: Collect from State utility providers historic utility cost and consumption data from July 1, 2012 (or the earliest date available) to the present and establish ongoing utility data feeds. Organize and provide data trending, analysis, alarming, reporting, benchmarking, the ability to manage, on a continuous basis, ongoing utility data for the State's utility cost and consumption, and provide comparison analytics abilities; Provide a solution concurrent with existing accounts payment processes that will not result in inaccurate invoicing or billing. Accounts Payable integration is included for Tennessee agencies and is optional for public higher education institutions.

For the EmPower TN UDM project, 100% of applicable State agencies and public higher education institutions submitted utility account information to begin the process of tracking historical and ongoing utility data. Beginning April 2017, historical utility data will be uploaded into the UDM system in phases and ongoing utility bill feeds will be established.

The State’s High Performance Building Requirements (HPBr) requires compliance with ASHRAE 90.1-2010 for all State facilities and higher education campuses. The HPBr includes a checklist to encourage energy performance above ASHRAE 90.1-2010, including total building performance, lighting power levels, daylight harvesting, vacancy sensors and high efficiency HVAC. The HPBr requires the purchase and installation of Energy Star equipment for all Energy Star eligible equipment types. The HPBr  requires data centers with cooling systems be sub-metered downstream of the UPS, a requirement for achieving an Energy Star rating. The HBPr challenges the State's project design teams to think holistically and use tools such as building modeling and life cycle cost analysis to compare, integrate and optimize various system options. The HPBr positions the State of Tennessee for success by integrating best practices for a lower total cost of ownership.

Last Updated: July 2017

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Tennessee Code Annotated §4-3-1109 (Energy Efficient State Vehicles) establishes the goal that 100% of newly purchased passenger vehicles be energy-efficient vehicles or alternative fuel motor vehicles. Energy efficient vehicles are defined as flexible fuel vehicles; hybrid-electric vehicles; a compact fuel-efficient vehicle defined as a vehicle powered by unleaded gasoline that has an EPA-estimated highway gasoline mileage rating of at least 25 miles per gallon or greater for the model year purchased; an electric vehicle; a vehicle powered by natural gas; or a vehicle powered by ultra-low sulfur diesel that meets Bin 5, Tier II emission standards mandated by the U.S. EPA and that has an EPA-estimated highway mileage rating of at least thirty miles per gallon or greater for the model year purchased.

As of June 30, 2016, the State owned 508 energy-efficient passenger motor vehicles, including 372 flex fuel vehicles, 72 hybrids, 5 electric, and 79 energy-efficient vehicles that have an average highway fuel economy of at least 25 MPG. Included in these totals are 47 vehicles that were purchased during FY2016, all of which were energy-efficient. The State met its target goal of purchasing 100% energy-efficient passenger vehicles in FY2016.   .

Tennessee statute requires that 25% of newly purchased vehicles used in EPA-designated nonattainment areas must be hybrid electric vehicles, provided that such vehicles are available at the time of procurement. For areas not designated as nonattainment areas, the 25% requirement can be met with compact fuel efficient vehicles in addition to hybrid electric vehicles.

TCA § 4-3-1105(17) also requires the Department of General Services "provide State vehicle energy management life-cycle (operational and maintenance) cost analysis."   

State governments that operate, lease, or control a fleet of 50 or more light-duty vehicles within the United States must comply with the Federal Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 1992. In order to meet the requirements of EPAct, 75% of all newly acquired light duty vehicles in Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Memphis, and the Tri-Cities must be alternative fuel vehicles. Clean diesel fuels, propane, and compressed natural gas conversion vehicles are now available through established statewide contracts.

The Department of General Services' Division of Motor Vehicle Management is actively developing a strategic plan for each agency to reduce, if possible, their number of miles traveled and/or their number of vehicles in service that is specifically tailored to match the agency's fleet profile. The overall objective is to reduce cost and secondary to increase the use of alternative fuel sources. 

Last Updated: August 2017

Energy Savings Performance Contracting List All

The State allows and encourages ESPC as a viable solution to investing in energy efficiency at State facilities and higher education campuses. The Tennessee State Building Energy Management Program implements the Energy Action Plan for Tennessee Buildings, which cites Energy Savings Performance Contracting as a key element. Before the Action Plan, Tennessee rarely utilized ESPCs. Since the Plan was drafted, several successful efforts to use ESPCs have occurred. The state has completed thirty-two projects through two separate contract efforts, with projected annual energy cost savings amounting to almost $10 million. The Tennessee Board of Regents, the Supervisory Board for State universities outside of the University of Tennessee system, community colleges, and vocational-technical schools, has completed 17 ESPC projects through FY2014, totaling $54,000,000 in investment. The annual projected savings for these projects is $6,800,000. 

Tennessee State government agencies are also exploring opportunities to utilize performance contracting as part of the ongoing EmPower TN Initiative.  

Last Updated: July 2017

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The University of Tennessee has a strong partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which collaborates with other state stakeholders and industry members, including the Electric Power Research Institute.  The University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) also promotes the commercialization and deployment of advanced technologies, some of which are related to energy efficiency.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) Clean Energy research directly contributes to the national goals of increasing energy production, improving energy transmission, reducing energy consumption, and understanding the environmental consequences of energy consumption. ORNL collaborates with local, regional and national stakeholders including partners from industry, universities, and utilities to develop and deploy energy efficient technologies and systems. ORNL is home to several Department of Energy-designated National User Facilities for collaborative research and development on energy efficient technologies including the Building Technologies Research and Integration Center, the Carbon Fiber Technology Facility, the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, and the National Transportation Research Center. ORNL is managed by UT – Battelle. One intiative funded by the State of Tennessee and ORNL - the UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for High Performance Energy Practices in Urban Environments - attracts top researchers to use ORNL's Building Technologies Research and Integration Center to push new energy-efficient building products to the market. Through this program, ORNL researchers and architects from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill along with UT College of Architecture and Design and nearly 20 other partners unveiled a 3-D printed building and plug-in hybrid electric and natural gas powered vehicle that produce and share energy. The shared energy system—Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) —promotes energy efficiency and integrates energy systems using advanced building control and power management strategies to enable maximum use of energy.  

The Center for Ultra-Wide-Area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is jointly supported by NSF and the Department of Energy. CURENT's research focuses on improvement in transmission grid, better accommodation of renewable energy sources, full utilization of energy storage, and accommodation of responsive load.

The Center for Manufacturing Research at Tennessee Technological University focuses on advanced manufacturing and materials for energy storage and conversion.  The Center conducts energy assessments as part of its DOE-funded Industrial Assessment Center, where engineering professors and students perform onsite energy assessments on industrial sites to locate and recommend energy efficiency opportunities.  

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI): On January 9, 2015, President Obama announced that the University of Tennessee would lead this $259 million public-private partnership that focuses on advanced fiber-reinforced polymer composites, which combine strong fibers with tough plastics to cost-effectively manufacture materials that are lighter and stronger than steel. The Institute reflects a $70 million commitment from the U.S. Department of Energy and $189 million from IACMI's partners (ORNL and Tennessee-based Vanderbilt University are partners). Established as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) in Tennessee by the UT Research Foundation, IACMI has also received a $15 million commitment from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development as part of an effort to facilitate breakthroughs in energy-efficient manufacturing and materials. The Innovation Institute for advanced composites will aim to overcome barriers to widespread use by developing low-cost, high-speed, and energy-efficient manufacturing and recycling processes. Through this work, the Institute will focus on lowering the cost of advanced composites by 50 percent, reducing the energy used to make composites by 75 percent and increasing the recyclability of composites to over 95 percent within 10 years.

Last Updated: August 2017

Buildings
Score: 3 out of 7
Buildings Summary List All

Since Tennessee is a home rule state, codes are adopted and enforced at the jurisdictional level. Residential construction must comply with the 2009 IECC and commercial and commercial and state-owned buildings must comply with the 2012 IECC. Tennessee has hosted code training sessions.

Residential Codes List All

Tennessee is a home rule state, which gives jurisdictions the power to adopt codes. Under Tennessee statute, all local jurisdictions must adopt a residential energy code that is within seven years of the currently adopted State energy code but may also opt out of adoption with a two-thirds majority vote of the local governing body. In addition, local jurisdictions cannot be required to adopt a local code that is more stringent than the one adopted by the State, but they may voluntarily choose to adopt an updated code version. If opting out, the vote must be completed after each local election cycle. To date, 89 jurisdictions have opted into the state residential building code (apply the statewide building code to their jurisdiction and utilize the state's building permit system and building inspectors), 79 jurisdictions have opted out (building codes are not recognized nor enforced), and 271 jurisdictions are exempt (building codes are adopted locally, meeting or exceeding the statewide standard; exempt jurisdictions hire their own inspectors and all paperwork is administered locally and audited on a 3 year cycle).

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s within the Department of Commerce and Insurance (C&I) adopts and enforces state building codes. The state currently enforces the 2009 IECC for all residential one and two family buildings and townhouses. The permanent rules were filed with the Secretary of State on November 4, 2016 and went into effect on February 2, 2017.

Last Updated: July 2017

Commercial Code List All

Tennessee is a home rule state, which gives jurisdictions the power to adopt codes. Under Tennessee statute, all local jurisdictions must adopt a residential energy code that is within seven years of the currently adopted State energy code but may also opt out of adoption with a two-thirds majority vote of the local governing body. In addition, local jurisdictions cannot be required to adopt a local code that is more stringent than the one adopted by the State, but they may voluntarily choose to adopt an updated code version. If opting out, the vote must be completed after each local election cycle.

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s within the Department of Commerce and Insurance (C&I) adopts and enforces state building codes. On August 19, 2015, C&I conducted a rulemaking hearing to adopt the 2012 IECC for commercial and state-owned buildings. The permanent rules were filed with the Secretary of State on May 6, 2016. By adopting the 2012 IECC, except for four types of small factory facilities, for all commercial buildings, including State buildings, it was determined that there was not a specific need to adopt the ASHRAE 90.1-2010.  The 2012 IECC allows a professional designer to utilize ASHRAE standards instead of the IECC standards, if so determined by the professional designer.  Either the 2012 IECC or ASHRAE 90.1-2010 will therefore be acceptable to C&I during the plans review and inspection process.  

Last Updated: July 2017

Compliance List All
  • Gap Analysis/Strategic Compliance Plan:  The Tennessee (TDEC) Office of Energy Programs, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, and the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy) are currently engaged in a residential energy code compliance baseline field study. The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) and its partner, Southface, are leading the initiative, which is funded by a U.S. Department of Energy award to SEEA.  This study will focus on a sample of single-family homes in the two climate zones in Tennessee and will identify the residential building energy code sections for which the State may wish to consider conducting additional education, outreach, and/or training.  The kickoff meeting was held in March 2017, and the study is expected to be completed in FY2018.
  • Baseline & Updated Compliance Studies: Under state regulations, the State Fire Marshal’s Office is granted authority to audit local exempt jurisdictions every three years, in order to check that they are enforcing codes correctly.  Tennessee plans to complete an audit and see that local jurisdictions are within seven years of the most recently published code. Audits for commercial buildings include a plan review and inspection of a small sample of buildings (would not be considered a statistically representative sample). Approximately 90 jurisdictions are audited each year.
  • Utility Involvement: NA
  • Stakeholder Advisory Group: NA
  • Training/Outreach: 
    • In addition to adoption and enforcement of building energy codes, C&I provides training and continuing professional education courses to codes inspectors across the State through the Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy (TFACA). In 2013, the TDEC Office of Energy Programs (OEP) / State Energy Office provided $195,000 in grant funding to C&I to develop a 2012 IECC training program for inspectors. OEP also provided C&I the opportunity to participate in 2012 IECC "train-the-trainer" courses administered by Southface Energy Institute. The grant funding allowed C&I to purchase equipment and gain the knowledge necessary to provide training to codes inspectors across the State.
    • Following the grant period in 2013, C&I offered several free training opportunities to codes inspectors in all regions of the State. Classes are hosted at TFACA campus in Bell Buckle, offered in jurisdictions throughout TN, and will also soon be offered online for participants who are unable to attend the classes. TFACA continues to witness an evolution of TN inspectors' needs in regard to IECC training. Fellow jurisdictions have begun to take notice. Early in 2016, the town of Cookeville requested that TFACA come and provide training to approximately 40 of their local contractors which the town assembled for the sole purpose of learning the requirements of IECC. In February 2016, the East TN Building Officials Association asked the Academy to hold IECC – DET training for approximately 130 inspectors and building officials in their region to help their inspectors understand and implement IECC testing requirements.
    • As interest in IECC adoption and enforcement increases, TFACA will create more IECC courses throughout the State to move out of "introductory" training and into more "topic-specific" training. Currently TFACA and the SFMO have focused their planning to implement a comprehensive program change to incorporate "distance learning" which will change the way all Academy training will be offered, including IECC course delivery.

Last Updated: August 2017

CHP
Score: 1 out of 4
CHP Summary List All

The state offers financing assistance for some CHP projects, but does not otherwise have policies in place that encourage CHP deployment. One new CHP system came online in Tennessee in 2016.

Interconnection StandardsList All

Policy: Tennessee Interconnection orders

Description: On January 5, 2007, the Tennessee Regulatory Authority (TRA) issued orders in dockets 06-00182 and 06-00183 stating that Entergy and Kentucky Utilities had already implemented standards 11 (net metering), 14 (time-based metering), and 15 (interconnection) as described by PURPA 2005, prior to August 8, 2005 and further consideration of those standards by TRA was not required (i.e., declining to make any changes in the existing standards).

In August 2007, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) adopted a modified version of PURPA 2005: "TVA shall make available, upon request, interconnection service, for generators with output of 20 MW or less, to any electric consumer that it serves." As part of its decision, TVA is allowing the distribution utilities that operate in its territory the flexibility to create their own interconnection procedures that are similar to TVA's.

Last Updated: August 2017

Encouraging CHP as a ResourceList All

There are currently no state policies designed to acquire energy savings from CHP (like other efficiency resources) or energy generation from CHP (in terms of kWh production) that apply to all forms of CHP.

Last Updated: August 2017

Deployment IncentivesList All

There are currently no statewide policies that provide additional incentives for CHP deployment. In 2015, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) issued a request for proposals to industrial customers in the TVA-service area to provide technical guidance and financial assistance towards the capital costs of waste heat recovery and/or CHP projects. The objective is to provide up to $7 Million to establish at least 5 MW of customer-owned generation from waste heat recovery and CHP.

Last Updated: August 2017

Additional Supportive PoliciesList All

Some additional supportive policies exist to encourage CHP in Tennessee. The Qualified Energy Conservation Bond Program and Clean Tennessee Energy Grant Program have both been used to encourage the deployment of waste heat to power (WHP) systems in the state.

Last Updated: August 2017

Utilities
Score: 1 out of 20
Utilities Summary List All

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the largest publicly-owned electric utility in the country, is the primary electricity provider in Tennessee. As a publicly-owned utility, TVA is governed by a board of directors. While past energy efficiency efforts have been modest, TVA has ramped up energy efficiency programs for electricity customers across all sectors in recent years.  Nonetheless, Tennessee falls below the national average for efficiency spending and realized savings.

The Tennessee Regulatory Authority (TRA) is the state agency charged with the setting of rates and service standards for privately-owned telephone, natural gas, electric and water utilities.

The most recent budgets for energy efficiency programs and electricity and natural gas savings can be found in the State Spending and Savings Tables.

Customer Energy Efficiency Programs List All

In June 2007, the Tennessee legislature approved a joint resolution calling for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the largest publicly-owned electric utility in the country, to initiate large-scale efforts to improve energy efficiency. House Joint Resolution Number 472 noted, "[E]nergy conservation can easily meet and exceed the growing demand for electricity; and….TVA used energy efficient means of creating power in the 1970s to supplant the need to build new power plants." In response, TVA has released a suite of energy efficiency programs, for all customer segments, including but not limited to: home energy evaluations, rebates and attractive financing for efficiency measures, and technical/advising services.

The most recent budgets for energy efficiency programs and electricity and natural gas savings can be found in the State Spending and Savings Tables.

Last Updated: July 2016

Energy Efficiency as a Resource List All

There is currently no state-level policy in place that treats energy efficiency in the electricity sector as a resource. However, TVA evaluates energy efficiency and demand response programs on a level playing field with generation assets through the Integrated Resource Plan process.

For more information on energy efficiency as a resource, click here.

Last Updated: July 2016

Energy Efficiency Resource Standards List All

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) stated in its 2008 Environmental Policy that in order to meet its objective of reducing the rate of carbon emissions, it needed to reduce load growth by at least one-quarter over five years through energy efficiency and demand-side initiatives.

In its 2011 integrated resource plan TVA included savings goals from energy efficiency and demand response in its recommended planning direction.  The goals included reductions in peak demand of 3,600-5,100 MW and energy savings of 11,400-14,400 GWh, to be met by the year 2020. These ranges include savings already achieved through 2010, when the planning process began.  The degree to which these goals are binding in the long term is unclear, and therefore is not considered an EERS. 

Last Updated: July 2016

Utility Business Model List All

There is currently no policy in place that decouples electric utility profits from sales, however the Tennessee Valley Authority made a determination that efforts will be made to address the issue of lost contributions to fixed costs for distributors.

In 2010 the Tennessee Regulatory Authority (TRA) approved the Chattanooga Gas Co.'s request for an increased monthly charge for fixed costs to “more properly align the interest of ratepayers and utilities in better promoting energy efficiency.” The mechanism is referred to the Alignment and Usage Adjustment (AUA). The AUA applies to residential (R-1) and Small Commercial (C-1) classes.  A revenue per-customer was calculated for the aforementioned customer classes in docket 09-00183.  Each year, the actual revenue per customer is compared to the benchmark revenue per customer.  If the revenue per customer declines, then customers are surcharged to collect the difference during the subsequent year, and vice-versa.  The AUA was approved on a three-year trial and was extended pending a full report on the mechanism.  It remains in effect.  There is, however, a 2% accrual on margin recoveries. 

There is currently no policy in place that rewards successful energy efficiency programs. The Tennessee Valley Authority has made a determination that incentives are not appropriate for a public power company.

Last Updated: July 2016

Evaluation, Measurement, & Verification List All
  • Cost-effectiveness test(s) used: TRC, UCT, RIM
  • Uses a deemed savings database: no

Evaluations in Tennessee are mainly administered by the Tennessee Valley Authority. There are no specific legal requirements for these evaluations in Tennessee. TVA uses three of the five classic benefit-cost tests identified in the California Standard Practice Manual. These are the Total Resource Cost (TRC), Utility/ProgramAdministrator (UCT), and Ratepayer Impact Measure (RIM). TVA specifies the TRC to be its primary test for decision making. According to TVA, the benefit-cost tests are required for overall portfolio and total program level screening. The rules for benefit-cost tests are not specified. Some exceptions of flexibility exist in the application like low-income programs, pilots, and new technologies.

TVA has instituted a robust EM&V effort to assess all its programs on an ongoing three- to four-year cycle.  An independent, third-party contractor has been engaged to collect onsite performance data, validate adherence to program guidelines and identify potential process improvements.  Planning estimates of impacts, life spans and net-to-gross ratios are adjusted in accordance with the findings of the EM&V assessments.

Last Updated: July 2016

Guidelines for Low-Income Energy Efficiency Programs List All

Requirements for State and Utility Support of Low-Income Energy Efficiency Programs

No specific required spending or savings requirements identified.

Cost-Effectiveness Rules for Low-Income Energy Efficiency Programs

According to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the benefit-cost tests are required for overall portfolio and total program-level screening. The rules for benefit-cost tests are not specified. Some exceptions of flexibility exist in the application like low-income programs, pilots, and new technologies.

Coordination of Ratepayer-Funded Low-Income Programs with WAP Services

Level of coordination is unclear from publicly available data.

Last updated: April 2017

Data AccessList All

Tennessee has no policy in place that requires utilities to release energy use data to customers or third parties. 

Last Updated: July 2016

Transportation
Score: 5 out of 10
Transportation Summary List All

The state has passed complete streets legislation and allows regional authorities to set up dedicated funding streams for mass transit.

Tailpipe Emission Standards List All

No policy in place or proposed.

Last Updated: July 2017

Transportation System Efficiency List All

Transportation and Land Use Integration: Tennesee's Multimodal Access Grant provides supports the transportation needs of transit users, pedestrians, and bicyclists through infrastructure projects that address existing gaps along state routes and access at transit hubs

VMT Targets: No policy in place or proposed.

Complete Streets: In 2010, Tennessee adopted a bicycle and pedestrian policy that mandates transportation planning agencies and developers to integrate provisions for bicycles and pedestrians into the new construction and the reconstruction of roads and highways.

FAST Freight Plans and Goals: Tennessee has a state freight plan that identifies a multimodal freight network, but it does not include freight energy or greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Last Updated: July 2017

Transit Funding List All

Tennessee Senate Bill 1471, passed in 2009, calls for the creation of a Regional Transportation Authority in major municipalities. It allows these authorities to set up dedicated funding streams for mass transit either by law or through voter referendum.

Last Updated: July 2017

Incentives for High-Efficiency Vehicles List All

No policy in place or proposed.

Last Updated: July 2017

Equitable Access to Transportation:
South Dakota does not have any state programs in place to incentivize the creation of low-income housing near transit facilities, nor does it consider the proximity of transit facilities when distributing federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. Last Updated: July 2017
Appliance Standards
Score: 0 out of 2
Appliance Standards Summary List All

Tennessee has not set appliance standards beyond those required by the federal government.

Last Updated: June 2017