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Solar Energy Expert To Visit Tennessee Valley


Knoxville, Tenn. (June 14, 2013) – Next week the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy is bringing Karl Rábago – a nationally recognized electricity industry leader and innovator – to the Tennessee Valley as part of a timely and strategic response to the ongoing controversy over the role and management of solar energy in the Tennessee Valley Authority system. Solar is a rapidly growing industry in Tennessee and across the country, and maintains strong public support, yet solar energy’s potential has been consistently constrained by perceptions of high costs and grid infrastructure challenges that undermine its actual value.

We are pleased to partner with Karl Rábago who is at the forefront of defining the true value that solar energy brings to electric power systems. With decades of experience in the electricity sector as a Texas Commissioner, DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary, and Vice President at Austin Energy, Rábago brings insights into the future and how TVA and power distributors can be valuing this resource.

Solar is poised to play an ever-increasing role in our energy systems given the continued problems with high-risk electricity generation from escalating costs and questionable safety records with nuclear technology to the uncertain regulatory constraints and well-know environmental and human health impacts from coal generation.

Join us for a tele-press conference on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. EDT/12:30 p.m. CDT where a panel of experts will be available to answer your questions about where solar energy is going and how TVA and its distributors can begin to capture the benefits of shifting our energy economy into the 21st century.

• Stephen A. Smith, DVM, executive director, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy;
• Karl Rábago, consultant, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy; and
• Charlie Coggeshall, renewable energy manager, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.

WHEN: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. EDT/12:30 p.m. CDT

TO PARTICIPATE: Join the live phone-based conference on June 19, 2013 by dialing 1 (605) 475-4000 and entering the code 663387 # # # # Founded in 1985, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy is a nonprofit organization that promotes responsible energy choices that create global warming solutions and ensure clean, safe, and healthy communities throughout the Southeast. Learn more at