Gov. Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau awarded more than $2.2 million to fund energy efficiency projects for local governments and municipalities, utilities, and other private and public organizations across Tennessee. 

Three of the counties being awarded  money from that fund are Bledsoe, Bradley and Hamilton counties. 

The city of Pikeville in Bledsoe County will receive $250,000 to install new windows, lighting, HVAC systems, and insulation at the old Pikeville Elementary School.  

The Cleveland Utilities- Hiwassee River Wastewater Treatment Plant in Bradley County will receive $300,000 to utilize a flow through sequencing batch reactor treatment type of process to treat wastewater.  

The city of East Ridge in Hamilton County will recieve $72,500 to install energy efficient HVAC units at Camp Jordan Arena and Red Bank will receive $43, 962 making improvements that will drastically increase the energy efficiency at several municipal facilities.   

The Clean Tennessee Energy Grants were awarded to 21 recipients for projects designed to reduce air emissions, improve energy efficiency and create cost savings. 

The grant program provides financial assistance to state and local government agencies, utility districts, and quasi-government entities in Tennessee to purchase, install and construct energy projects. 

“These projects reduce emissions, increase energy efficiencies and reduce taxpayer costs, and they highlight local efforts to improve the quality of life as we continue our work to make Tennessee the best place to live, work and raise a family” Haslam said.

Funding for the projects comes from an April 2011 Clean Air Act settlement with the Tennessee Valley Authority. Under the Consent Decree, Tennessee will receive $26.4 million over five years to fund clean air programs in the state.