State profiles of energy efficiency opportunities in the south



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ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN THE SOUTH

APPENDIX G

STATE PROFILES OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY OPPORTUNITIES IN THE SOUTH:

TENNESSEE

Marilyn A. Brown,1 Joy Wang,1 Matt Cox, 1 Youngsun Baek,1 Rodrigo Cortes,1 Benjamin Deitchman, 1 Elizabeth Noll, 1 Yu Wang, 1 Etan Gumerman,2 Xiaojing Sun2


April 13, 2010

1Georgia Institute of Technology

2Duke University
A Profile of Energy-Efficiency Opportunities in Tennessee
The economic recession, climate change concerns and rising electricity costs have motivated many states to embrace energy efficiency as a way to create new local jobs, lower energy bills and promote environmental sustainability. With this surge of interest in energy efficiency, policymakers are asking: “how much energy can be saved?” This profile characterizes the opportunity for cost-effective energy-efficiency improvements in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors of Tennessee. It draws on the results of a study of Energy Efficiency in the South conducted by a team of researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Duke University. The study presents primary and in-depth research of the potential for energy-efficiency improvements, using a modeling approach based on the SNUG-NEMS (National Energy Modeling System).1
With a population of 6.3 million people2, the State represents about 2.1% of the U.S. population, 1.8% of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and 2.3% of U.S. energy consumption (Figure 1). 3 Thus, compared to the rest of the nation, Tennessee has a higher-than-average level of energy intensity (that is, it consumes more energy per dollar of economic activity than most other states).





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