NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Senator Steve Southerland (R-Morristown) announced the award of a $19,095 Clean Tennessee Energy Grant (CTEG) to Cocke County. Southerland was informed of the grant by Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau.
The grant will be used to install energy efficient LED lighting in the Cocke County Courthouse, resulting in an estimated energy savings of 10,145 kWh. The lighting improvement is expected to save $1,003 per month.
“While we may not think of all the energy we waste every time we turn on an old fluorescent light, Cocke County sets an example that we can all follow by taking a simple step to conserve energy and lower electricity bills,” said Southerland, the Chairman of the Senate Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. “These clean energy solutions ultimately pay for themselves in the amount of savings they create. Cocke County is taking action to save taxpayer dollars and keep Tennessee’s air clean for future generations.”
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, Cocke 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 Southerland. “I applaud their mindfulness and efforts to protect and preserve the wonderful resources Tennessee has to offer.”