Effective January 1, 2013, the Energy Division was transferred to the Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and renamed the Office of Energy Programs (OEP). The transfer was made following the issuance of Governor Haslam's Executive Order No. 25. OEP’s grant administration and energy-related education and outreach efforts fit well with TDEC's mission and priorities. These activities complement TDEC's work in energy efficiency, energy conservation and support for renewable fuels, as they reduce overall demand for energy and, specifically, fossil generated power.
As the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) designated State Energy Office for Tennessee, OEP is tasked with developing and overseeing programs and initiatives that promote a cleaner environment, reliable energy delivery, and a stronger economy. Thus, the bulk of OEPs’ efforts focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy management, and alternative fuels and transportation options.