Top energy issues on forefront in Senate Environment Committee

February 13, 2009

Top energy issues on forefront in Senate Environment

(NASHVILLE, TN), February 13, 2009 – Two top energy issues will be at the forefront of the agenda in the Senate Environment and Conservation Committee in Nashville this legislative session.  The issues include a new proposal to boost production of solar energy and the clean-up of the recent coal ash spill in Kingston, Tennessee.

The governor introduced a proposal for a Solar Institute in Tennessee to expand the production of affordable solar energy.  He said the move would help position the state as a leader in alternative energy production.

 “I look forward to hearing more about the plan for a Solar Institute in Tennessee,” said Senator Steve Southerland.  “We have a wealth of scientific knowledge in Tennessee to be on the forefront of this technology.  I look forward to hearing the details.”

The most likely site for the institute would be near the Oak Ridge Laboratory, which already has an energy production facility.

Southerland and House Environment Chairman Joe McCord (R-Maryville) have also scheduled a Joint House and Senate Environment Committee Meeting to hear testimony regarding the environmental impact of the fly ash spill in Kingston, Tennessee.  The Committee will hear presentations on the status of the sludge clean-up from the Department of Conservation and Environment and the TVA.

“We want to get more information about the environmental impact of this spill and the clean-up efforts,” Southerland added.  “We have a lot of work ahead of us over the next several months.”


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