As technology continues to revolutionize our world, Seven States is designing, developing, and deploying next-generation energy solutions for its 153 member-owner local power companies (“LPCs”) across the seven states in the Tennessee Valley.
So far, the member-owned nonprofit has partnered with its member-owners to install over 135 electric vehicle (“EV”) charging ports – and the positive results are being realized.
Based on aggregated data collected from 69 charging ports across the Tennessee Valley in under 4 years, there have been over 8,800 charging sessions resulting in over 130,000kWh of increased energy demand and reducing carbon emissions by 180,000 pounds. Such a carbon offset is equivalent to planting and growing for ten years over 1,350 new trees.
The impact of these active chargers provides valuable learning about the technology and enhances the design of subsequent solutions deployed through Seven States.
While Seven States accelerates the deployment of EV chargers and renewable generation for LPCs, it continues to design and develop the next level of advanced technology through its research platform. In June, Seven States announced a new partnership with Nissan, Middle Tennessee Electric, and the University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute to construct and test two Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) at Nissan’s headquarters in Franklin, TN, which will provide supplemental power supply and peak demand shaving for Nissan’s facilities and support Middle Tennessee Electric’s utility grid.
“We are seeing real results and the positive impact of new technologies deployed in partnership with our LPC member-owners.” said Betsey Kirk McCall, President and CEO of Seven States Power Corporation. “Operating as an extension of LPCs, our member-owners working through Seven States have the ability to increase the rate of adoption across the Tennessee Valley and realize the economic and environmental benefits even faster.
By serving as the LPC’s go-to source for infrastructure planning, consultation, procurement, and project management, Seven States is making our region cleaner, greener, and more technologically advanced every day.