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TVA Settlement Funds 13 Energy Efficiency Projects

Thirteen Kentucky organizations will receive grant funding next year under a settlement between the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Environmental Protection Agency for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.The TVA settlement money is meant to go to environmental mitigation projects in the TVA service area.Greg Guess is the director of Kentucky’s Division of Efficiency and Conservation. He says the energy savings that the grant money will facilitate are significant. A portion of the money will go to Fayette County Public Schools to track energy consumption on a real-time basis."And that will allow the administrators over there to look hour-by-hour at where energy’s being consumed in their system," he said. "And when they see an anomaly, they can go ahead and correct it immediately instead of waiting a month, month and a half, to get a bill and see the spike on it. So this has the potential to save them a lot of money."Other projects receiving fundinginclude initiatives to construct solar panels at Fort Campbell, help perform residential home energy retrofits and install a biomass boiler at Murray State University.

Erica Peterson is WFPL's Director of News and Programming.