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March 06, 2002

Report Finds Efficiency, Clean Power Potential in U.S. South

The southeastern United States can reduce its production of carbon dioxide while cutting nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide emissions through energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other clean energy sources, according to a new report from the Renewable Energy Policy Project. The report finds that biomass, wind power, natural gas, and distributed generation sources, combined with energy efficiency, can allow the region to reduce its air emissions from power generation without increasing the cost of electricity. See the REPP report on the Powering the South Web site.

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), which serves Tennessee and parts of surrounding states, is in a key position to influence power development in the South. TVA's Green Power Switch program just signed on seven new East Tennessee distributors of green power, and is working on plans to add 20 megawatts of wind power by 2003. TVA recently received 20 proposals for wind facilities ranging from 20 to 60 megawatts in capacity. See the TVA Green Power Switch News.

To further advance green power in the South, the 2002 Southeast Green Power Summit will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina, in early May. See the Southeast Green Power Network Web site.