NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) announced the awarding of $15,000 in Clean Tennessee Energy Grants (CTEG) to the Bedford County Utility District. Tracy was informed of the grant being awarded by Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau.
The CTEG will be used to replace fluorescent lighting with new LED lighting in the water treatment plant building. It is estimated that this change will result in a reduction of 198,000 kWh and 139 metric tons of carbon dioxide.
“The Bedford County Utility District is tasked with providing water and natural gas to a huge, expanding service area,” said Tracy. “The utility district utilizing this grant is a great example of effectiveness meeting efficiency. By conserving energy and reducing emissions, the utility district cuts operating costs, saves taxpayer dollars and ensures that Bedford County is breathing 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 this grant, the Bedford County Utility District demonstrated a plan to reduce air emissions, improve energy efficiency and create cost savings.
“I applaud those at the Bedford County Utility District who provide essential services to our community and work hard to keep Tennessee clean, safe and healthy,” added Tracy.