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 consumpion 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

 

City of Bristol Energy Efficiency Assistance Program: A grant initiative to provide qualifying homeowners with a free in-home energy assessment and a customized implementation plan by the local utility, Bristol Tennessee Essential Services (BTES), and be eligible for up to $20,000 per home in financial assistance. The Tennesee Office of Energy Programs is managing the grant contract and project for the Tennesee Department of Environment and Conservation. 

Last Updated: September 2016

Building Energy Disclosure List All

There is no disclosure policy in place.

Last Updated: July 2016

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.  .  

As part of Governor Haslam’s EmPower TN Statewide energy management initiative, the State of Tennessee has included funding in the FY15/16 budget to reduce energy cost and energy consumption in buildings owned and managed by the State. Included in EmPower TN is an enterprise system to collect utility invoice data for all State owned and leased buildings and energy management software to analyze this utility cost and consumption data. This data and software tool will be configured to meet the diverse energy management needs of the various State agencies, departments and institutions. Formal reduction goals will be determined once baselines are established through the EmPower TN data collection & energy management program.

The EmPower TN Initiative recently 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 (96,000,000+ square feet), which includes benchmarking capabilities as well as consumption and cost dashboards. The Departments of General Services, Military, Environment and Conservation, Correction, and the University of Tennessee System are in the process of sharing pertinent information and data.  Other Departments and the Tennessee Board of Regents will be engaged by the project later in 2016. To date, the state has benchmarked 23% of the state-owned building stock, or over 22,100,000 square feet, in addition to several community colleges and State universities.

The EmPower TN UDM Project will: 

  • Collect from State Utility providers “Historic Utility Data,” consisting of Utility invoice data (“Utility Data”) from July 1, 2012 to the present and “Ongoing Utility Data,” consisting of collection of Utility Data from the end of the Historic Utility Data to present and a continuous collection of Utility Data from the Effective Date until the termination of this Contract; 
  • Organize, and provide data trending, analysis, alarming, reporting, the ability to manage, on a continuous basis, Ongoing Utility Data for the State’s Utility cost and consumption, and provide comparison analytics abilities (“Utility Data Management”); 
  • Provide a solution concurrent with existing accounts payment processes, and will not result in inaccurate invoicing or billing; 
  • Include software-as-a-service cloud based service (“Cloud Software as a Service” or “SaaS”) on a subscription basis for a commercially available, off-the-shelf product that shall be customized as necessary to conform with the requirements of the contract.

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 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 will position the State of Tennessee for success by integrating best practices for a lower total cost of ownership.

Last Updated: July 2016

Fleets List All

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, 2015, the State owned 584 energy-efficient passenger motor vehicles, including 427 flex fuel vehicles, 87 hybrids, 5 electric, and 65 energy-efficient vehicles that have an average highway fuel economy of at least 25 MPG. Included in these totals are 143 vehicles that were purchased during FY2015, all of which were energy-efficient. The State met its target goal of purchasing 100% energy-efficient passenger vehicles in FY2015.

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. [Source: Tennessee Department of General Services Motor Vehicle Management Annual Report on Energy-Efficient Purchasing (Fiscal Year 2014-2015)]

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: July 2016

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 2016

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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: July 2016

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 2006 IECC, but the state has initiated the process of adopting the 2009 IECC. Effective August 2016, commercial and state-owned buildings must meet the 2012 IECC. Tennesee 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 they 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 may voluntarily choose to adopt an updated code version. If opting out, the vote must be completed after each local election cycle. To date, 80 of 468 jurisdictions, including both municipalities and counties have opted out. Roughly 88% of the state population resides in jurisdictions that either participate in the State Residential Building Program or have adopted their own mandatory residential building codes that are within 7 years of the State Residential Building Code.

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 2006 IECC for all one and two family buildings and townhouses. On November 2, 2015, C&I conducted a rulemaking hearing to adopt the 2009 IECC for residential one and two family dwellings and townhouses. The residential rules are still being reviewed by the Attorney General's Office. It is anticipated that these rules will become effective later in the summer of 2016. 

Last Updated: July 2016

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 they 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 may voluntarily choose to adopt an updated code version. If opting out, the vote must be completed after each local election cycle. To date, 80 of 468 jurisdictions, including both municipalities and counties have opted out. Roughly 88% of the state population resides in jurisdictions that either participate in the State Residential Building Program or have adopted their own mandatory residential building codes that are within 7 years of the State Residential Building Code.

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 2016

Compliance List All
  • Gap Analysis/Strategic Compliance Plan: NA
  • 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).
  • 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 and are also streamed online for participants who are unable to attend the classes.  The current fiscal year budget for the Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy (TFACA) is $4.1 million. Codes officials can attend any classes that are offered by the Academy. Out of the $4.1 million, the budget for code specific training is $530,000. Since the beginning of 2015, TFACA offered 14 IECC courses and conducted three IECC classes. These three classes were taught to approximately 200 students.
     

Last Updated: September 2016

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 2015.

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: July 2016

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: July 2016

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: July 2016

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: July 2016

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.

In its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), published in March 2011, TVA stated its commitment “to be the Southeast’s leader in increased energy efficiency.” TVA’s Board of Directors has set a goal to achieve a 3.5% reduction of sales through energy efficiency by 2015. As part of the ramp-up process, TVA has implemented several energy efficiency and demand response programs for all end-use sectors: residential, commercial and industrial.

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 2015

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.

MAP 21 Freight Plans and Goods: The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is developing a freight plan scheduled for completion in the summer of 2015.

Last Updated: August 2016

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 2015

Incentives for High-Efficiency Vehicles List All

On May 21, 2015, Tennessee launched a two-tiered rebate program on qualifying electric vehicles that are purchased or leased and registered in the State of Tennessee. Electric vehicle dealerships are responsible for providing the rebate to consumers. Rebates of $2,500 are offered for zero-emission battery electric vehicles and rebates of $1,500 are available for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles sold or leased (with a three-year minimum lease term) by a Tennessee dealership to Tennessee residents, after a claim is filed by the dealership.

Last Updated: June 2016

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: July 2016