Bethel Hosts Renewable Energy Forum


L to R: McKenzie Mayor Jill Holland, Carroll County Mayor Kenny McBride, Bethel President Robert Prosser, Warren Nevad of The University of Tennessee and coordinator of the event, and Huntingdon Mayor Dale Kelley.


Bethel University was host to a community wide Renewable Energy Forum on Friday, May 17 in the Board Room of the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment. The event was planned by the Tennessee Renewable Energy Economic Council (TREEDC). TREEDC Mayors McKenzie Mayor Jill Holland, Carroll County Mayor Kenny McBride and Huntingdon Mayor Dale Kelley helped to coordinate the event. Other sponsors included Pathway Lending, the Tennessee Soybean Association, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Tennessee Energy Education Initiative.

      Presentations included information on the Tennessee Energy Education Initiative, the Tennessee Technology Center of McKenzie’s Green Initiatives, the benefits of compressed gas, converting fleets to natural gas, solar renewable energy programs, grant writing tips to attain money for renewable resource projects, and many other topics as well.

     TREEDC is a statewide network of 92 city and county mayors and businesses working together to create a path to fast-track renewables in Tennessee. Its mission is to promote and connect renewable energy with economic development and energy efficiency for all Tennessee communities.