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Plains and Eastern Clean Line Transmission Project Approved by Department of Energy

Project would connect huge quantities of low-cost wind power to the South

Huge amounts of wind power may soon make its way to Arkansas, Tennessee and the rest of the Southeast. The Department of Energy (DOE) has just completed its Section 1222 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 evaluation of the Plains and Eastern Clean Line transmission project. The project will connect some of the lowest-cost wind energy resources from the Plains to the Southeast.

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Southern Company subsidiary awarded grant to lead advanced nuclear technology development

Southern Company announced it has been awarded up to $40 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to explore, develop and demonstrate advanced nuclear reactor technologies through subsidiary Southern Company Services.

The effort will be managed through a new public-private partnership with TerraPower, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Electric Power Research Institute and Vanderbilt University. Housed at the DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the research will bolster the development of molten chloride fast reactors (MCFR), an advanced concept for nuclear generation.

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Evergreen Packaging® Announces Winners of Employee Sustainability Leadership Awards

Winners recognized for commitment to sustainability and community engagement; $3,000 awarded to local charities

Evergreen Packaging®, a global leader in beverage paperboard carton manufacturing, today announced the winners of its Evergreen Packaging Employee Sustainability Leadership Awards. The contest was open to US-based Evergreen Packaging employees who demonstrate sustainability leadership in their community. Evergreen selected six winning employees; presenting winners with special gifts and a $500donation to the organization with which the employee is involved.

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Concerns Raised about TVA’s Coal Ash “Cover Up” Plan

Yesterday Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) in partnership with 10 environmental groups raised concerns to Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) about its plans to cover up millions of tons of coal ash in leaking, unlined pits in or adjacent to rivers in Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky, just upstream from drinking water intakes. Even though TVA’s own monitoring data shows that groundwater near its sites is being polluted with toxic metals from coal ash, its “cover up” plan leaves the coal ash in place to continue polluting indefinitely.

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UT's Baker Center Releases Scorecard, Ranks US States According to Energy, Economy and Environment

Energy, economic performance and environmental quality are fundamentally linked. This makes it challenging to craft public policy to combat the effects of climate change.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville's Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy has released an inaugural Energy Scorecard for the American States, which includes a visual and interactive map to address this policy challenge.

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Unilever and United States Cold Storage Hold a Grand Opening for Their Newly Built Cold Storage Facility Featuring Swisslog Automation Technology

Unilever and US Cold Storage unveiled their new, 336,500 SF facility with a ribbon cutting and special event that included guest speakers, facility tours and participation from the members of the design/build team. The facility includes a Swisslog installed solution designed for the freezer environment, which includes Vectura Cranes, pallet conveyors and automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) all optimized and controlled by Swisslog's Warehouse Execution System (WES) Software.Unilever and US Cold Storage unveiled their new, 336,500 SF facility with a ribbon cutting and special event that included guest speakers, facility tours and participation from the members of the design/build team. The facility includes a Swisslog installed solution designed for the freezer environment, which includes Vectura Cranes, pallet conveyors and automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) all optimized and controlled by Swisslog's Warehouse Execution System (WES) Software.

Unilever and US Cold hosted a grand opening to showcase their new frozen distribution center (DC), which connects to Unilever's existing 815,000 SF production facility with a 312-foot corridor kept at -20 degrees. Combined, the two facilities create one of the largest ice cream manufacturing and distribution facilities in the world.

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