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EmPower TN

The previous administration’s EmPower initiative aimed to reduce energy consumption and costs for State-owned and managed facilities through the implementation of energy efficiency projects and energy management systems. Using energy more efficiently is a critical first step in reducing costs and improving the State’s environmental footprint. 

EmPower TN At a Glance:

   $37.5 million appropriated for State energy efficiency projects in the FY2016 budget.
•   As of Q2 2021, $37.4 million are obligated to 39 energy efficiency projects benefiting 70 State-owned facilities across Tennessee.
   The estimated annual utility savings are $4.3 million/year with an average project simple payback of 8.6 years.
   The estimated annual energy savings are 34.7 million kWh.

EmPower TN Energy Conservation Measures:

   Optimization of Building Automation Systems (Existing Building Commissioning)
   Installation of LED lighting and control systems
•   Installation of wireless thermostats for unitary equipment
   Mechanical upgrades for chilled water valves (energy smart digital valves with controls)
•   Replacement of inefficient HVAC equipment
•   Boiler replacements (condensing boilers)
•   Cooling Tower replacements
•   Mechanical upgrades for portable water plumbing systems



Jeremy McBride

Sr. Data Analyst
TDEC Office of Energy Programs, State Facility Utility Management