Internal Energy Management
TVA began reducing energy use and associated costs at its facilities in 1973. In 1978, TVA created an agency-wide Internal Energy Management Program that is responsible for:
- Planning, performance analysis and reporting
- Coordination of regulatory reviews
- Oversight of energy related audits and sustainable design
TVA created this program even before passage of the National Energy Conservation Policy Act that established energy efficiency goals and objectives for federal agencies. This legislation was followed by the Energy Policy Act of 1992, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and various other laws, presidential executive orders and guidance documents that TVA implements under the Internal Energy Management Program that is part of the Environmental Sustainability Group in Environment & Technology.
These laws and regulations have required further reductions in TVA’s internal use of energy and potable water. They also have required that TVA purchase more energy-efficient motors, compressors, transformers, computers, lighting, heating, ventilation, air-conditioning systems, and other equipment. TVA also is required to operate more fuel-efficient vehicles and apply sustainable design principles to new buildings, major renovations and 15 percent of existing buildings.
TVA’s Energy and Environmental Sustainability Committee works in conjunction with the Internal Energy Management Program to provide energy management and associated environmental and sustainability information to TVA employees. The committee also:
- Educates organizations about TVA’s energy management objectives
- Reviews energy, water and sustainability plans and processes
- Provides guidance for work groups and sub teams, as needed
- Helps take appropriate actions and recommends projects that are needed to comply with energy laws and regulations.
David R. Zimmerman (423) 751-8165