Power Switch News
Vol. 3, No. 2 Spring
Energy Legislation Introduced
February 27, 2003, Harry Reid, D-Nev., introduced bipartisan legislation
Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., to boost renewable energy production.
The bill would
expand the existing production tax credit that covers wind, poultry
waste and closed-loop biomass to include geothermal, incremental geothermal,
solar, open-loop biomass, incremental hydropower, animal waste and landfill
gas. The production tax credit for renewable energy that is available
for power generators
would be raised from 1.5 to 1.8 cents per kilowatt-hour, and the credit would
be made permanent.
Because of TVA’s status as a federal agency, TVA is not eligible for the
tax credit. However, the bill could lower the cost of future renewable resources
provided to TVA by private developers.
tax credit would serve as an incentive for lenders and others to make
long-term investments in renewable energy development and production,” said
Sen. Reid. For more information, visit http://reid.senate.gov.
Mark Your Calendar
Tuesday, April 22
April 5, 12,
19 and 26:
Burritt on the Mountain is hosting various Earth Day events
every Saturday in April. For more information, contact Jeff
Hughes at (256)
512-0146 or go to www.burrittmuseum.com.
Nashville’s Earth Day Festival 2003 will be held at Centennial
Park from noon to 7 p.m. For more information contact Michael
Hughes at (615) 321-4069,
e-mail Michael at
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the official Web site
KUB will host a green power information booth
at this year’s
Knoxville EarthFest 2003 activities at Concord Park. The
festival will last from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call John Homa at (865)
215-2921, e-mail him
at JHoma@ci.knoxville.tn.us, or log on to www.knoxearthfest.org
to find out more.
Gatlinburg’s Earth Day Celebration will be held at Mynatt
Park. For more information
contact Nancy Knipp-Yogini
by calling (865) 436-0363
or e-mailing her at
The Read House will host a Public Interest Environmental
Symposium 2003, “Sustaining Air and Water Resources.” For more
information call John Tucker at (423) 425-2316 or e-mail him at John-Tucker@utc.edu.
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Take the Sermon Challenge
Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light challenges your congregation
to participate in an Earth Day service with a sermon focused on God’s
creation and our responsibility to preserve it. Your congregation can
participate by putting together a leafless paper tree, and after the
sermon, the congregation can show their commitment to stewardship by “leafing
the tree.” For more information, go to www.cleanenergy.org/