The initiative of the Oak Ridge Energy Corridor, the Integrated Electricity Generation Project, proposes to make the Oak Ridge Reservation net carbon neutral by 2030 with an integrated clean energy power project.

OREC-DC-SigningLast month in Washington D.C., Gary Gilmartin, Executive Director of the Oak Ridge Energy Corridor, was honored to be joined by area leaders and strategic partners from The Department of Energy (DOE), Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee (CROET), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the City of Oak Ridge, Y-12 National Security Complex, the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) to officially unveil a plan to make Oak Ridge the first carbon neutral city and region in the United States.

This initiative of the Oak Ridge Energy Corridor, the Integrated Electricity Generation Project, proposes to make the Oak Ridge Reservation net carbon neutral by 2030 with an integrated clean energy power project. These partners, along with the State of Tennessee, are committed to working together to meet our nation’s energy challenges, and the human capital and infrastructure in Oak Ridge gives our city the unique opportunity to lead the nation with an unprecedented net carbon neutral project that compliments the large investments made by public and private entities in the nuclear, solar and electric vehicle industries.

The Oak Ridge Energy Corridor is committed to this initiative, and to support our partners, we plan to help leverage each partner’s strengths to achieve the goal of carbon neutrality. Additionally, we are working to develop and deploy a grid scale energy storage system, as well as make upgrades to current power distribution systems in place that will better support distributed energy generation and advanced power flow control. In order to ensure new technology can be viably deployed, the Energy Corridor is also seeking private financing, as well as working to gain policy support that will allow distributed generation sources to be integrated into the current grid at TVA.

This is the second initiative of the Oak Ridge Energy Corridor. The first, a transportation initiative designed to create an integrated transportation solution that can be applied nationwide, was launched earlier this year. The City of Oak Ridge, Metropolitan Knoxville Municipal Airport Authority, Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization, the United States Department of Energy, UT-Battelle, LLC as Management and Contracting Operator for Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Y-12 National Security Complex and the Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee committed to work together on this initiative to provide for the planning and implementation of a regional multimodal transportation system to demonstrate a safe, energy efficient and economical solution to a regional transportation challenge.

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Source: Oak Ridge Energy Corridor
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Caption: Energy Generation Partners came together in Washington, D.C. to launch the second initiative of the Oak Ridge Energy Corridor.