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Nominations are open for the Governor's 2013 Environmental Stewardship Awards

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is seeking nominations for the Governor's 2013 Environmental Stewardship Awards. The awards recognize Tennesseans who go above and beyond to protect the state's diverse environment.

"The continued health of Tennessee's air, land and water is critical to keeping our communities strong," Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said.  "It is important to recognize the innovative efforts and unique projects that conserve and protect our natural resources because they provide economic benefits and boost Tennessee's overall sustainability."

Awards will be given in the following categories: 
Building Green
Clean Air
Energy and Renewable Resources
Environmental Education and Outreach (business category)
Environmental Education and Outreach (school category)
Land Use
Materials Management
Natural Heritage
Sustainable Performance
Lifetime Achievement. 

TVA gets kudos for using more wind power

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TVA has been recognized for adding significant amounts of wind power to its power generating portfolio this year.

TVA added 1,100 megawatts of wind energy capacity from seven sites in 2012, according to a press release.

The utility was named "Utility of the Year" by the American Wind Energy Association. and one of the "Most Innovative Utilitie in Renewable Integration" by Fierce Energy.

In January, TVA activated 535 megawatts of wind power from four wind farms in Kansas, Illinois and Iowa.  In June another 200 megawatts came from a second Illinois facility.  During November and December an additional 165 megawatts came from cansas and 200 from Illinois.

TVA now has 10 contracts with nine wind farms for more than 1,500 megawatts of energy.

The Buffalo Mountain site near Knoxville became the first commercial wind farm in the Southeast in 2000 and provides 27 megawatts of capacity.

TVA's renewable energy portfolio includes more than 6,300 megawatts of  energy capacity from hydro, wind, solar, and biomass. 

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Nissan's new Smyrna site is the largest lithium-ion automotive battery plant in the U.S. 
Photo by Nissan

The first lithium-ion batteries made in Nissan's new Smyrna assembly plant are ready to power the 2013 LEAF.

While the new batteries were produced a few weeks ago, they've only now completed the required aging process enabling them to receive their first charge. 

The new battery plant is located adjacent to Nissan's existing vehicle assembly plant, which has been retooled to accommodate production of the Nissan LEAF. 

"The opening of this facility in Tennessee supports our goal of making zero-emissions mobility a reality through American jobs and American manufacturing," said Carlos Ghosn, president and chief executive officer of Nissan Motor Co. 

Production of the Nissan LEAF and the battery has added more than 300 jobs at the site. Nissan officials say operations of both the battery and car building plants could expand to 1,000 additional jobs in the future. The battery facility is capable of expanding to produce modules for up to 200,000 batteries annually. 

The plant was supported by a Department of Energy loan of up to $1.4 billion, and construction of the battery site and alterations of the vehicle manufacturing facility may eventually reach a $1.7 billion total investment.

By 2015, Nissan aims to have 85 percent of all Nissan and Infiniti products that are sold in the United States produced in North America.

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