The cooperative members asking for the 1% energy reduction are members of the Sierra Club’s Tennessee Healthy Energy Campaign. SACE supports and participates in the Tennessee Healthy Energy Campaign. The campaign encourages members of cooperative and municipal utilities to speak up about energy efficiency. The goal is to motivate municipal and cooperative utility members to tell their utility to urge TVA to set a 1% annual energy efficiency target and to invest energy dollars in efficiency. This will create jobs, lower energy prices, and it will be an important step in protecting our climate.
SACE and other organizations have been focusing on a 1% energy savings goal. Take a look at this blog post, “Could TVA Achieve 1% Energy Efficiency?” by Natalie Mims. We’ve been trying to encourage this goal for several reasons. For one thing, it’s definitely doable. TVA’s own study on the potential for energy efficiency savings shows that a 1% goal is within reach. Several states around the U.S. have already achieved this 1% goal. The 1% goal will also have a real impact. TVA projects that, without utility efficiency programs, energy used in the valley will grow by about 1% annually. If we can reach an efficiency goal of 1% annually then we can offset all, or at least a big part, of that growth.
So congratulations to Volunteer Energy for its recommendation of a 1% goal. Let’s all encourage TVA to adapt this goal. Meanwhile, if you’re a member of the Volunteer Energy Cooperative, encourage them in their pursuit of energy efficiency.
If you’re not a member of VEC, you can still urge your distributor to do what VEC has done. You can get involved in the Tennessee Healthy Energy Campaign. You can call your distributor and ask them to follow Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s lead. You can demand that TVA set and reach a 1% annual energy savings goal.