NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Sen. Ken Yager (R-Kingston) announced the awarding of $230,000 Clean Tennessee Energy Grants (CTEG) to Campbell and Rhea Counties in District 12. Yager was informed of the grants being awarded by Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau.
The grants will be used on energy efficient lighting in the Jellico City Hall, air conditioner repair in a LaFollette community building and a better insulated roof for the Rhea County Courthouse. Between the counties, these grants are expected save $52,311.33, 706,816 kWh and 458 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
“The work of Campbell and Rhea Counties remind us that huge changes are not always necessary for huge savings,” said Yager. “By conserving energy and reducing emissions, these communities are cutting costs, saving taxpayer dollars and ensuring that they can breathe clean air for years to come.”
The CTEG program provides financial assistance to municipal governments, county governments, utility districts and other entities created by statute such as an airport authority. To receive these grants, Campbell and Rhea County demonstrated plans to reduce air emissions, improve energy efficiency and create cost savings.
“Congratulations to the local officials who have secured this funding,” added Yager. “I applaud these cities for their mindfulness of the environment and all they do to keep Tennessee clean, safe and healthy.”