In 2011, Tennessee and other states were parties to a federal court settlement of an enforcement action under the federal Clean Air Act that resulted in a consent decree with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). A part of the Consent Decree obligates TVA to provide Tennessee $26.4 million to fund environmental mitigation projects. The funds are to be paid over 5 years or longer, with the first-year payment not to exceed $5.28 million. The Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) is designated by the Governor as the lead state agency to develop and manage a process for selection and implementation of the environmental mitigation projects for Tennessee.
The purpose of the Clean Tennessee Energy Grant Program is to select and fund projects that best result in a reduction of emissions and pollutants identified below. The Clean Tennessee Energy Program provides financial assistance to municipal government, county government, utility districts, and other entities created by statute (e.g. airport authority) in Tennessee to purchase, install, and construct energy projects that fit into one of the following eligible project categories:
The anticipated timeline for this grant round is as follows:
November 1, 2013: Request for Pre-Proposals Released
January 31, 2014: Pre-Proposal submission deadline
February 14, 2014: Full proposals (by invitation only) contacted for additional items
February 28, 2014: Full proposal supplemental information submission deadline
Late Spring: Announcement of Round 3 FY 2013-2014