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Tenn. programs aim to increase energy efficiency

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) -- Two new statewide programs aim to make Tennessee more energy efficient and increase the use of renewable energy.

The Tennessee Energy Education Initiative offers free training for businesses, public officials and communities in energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy management.

The initiative includes free workshops and conferences across the state. Some of the events will hit specific topics like energy efficiency in multi-family housing, while others will provide universally applicable information. Materials from the events will also be available online.

The program was announced at a meeting of the Tennessee Renewable Energy and Economic Development Council in Jackson earlier this week.

Also announced was Tennessee's Qualified Energy Conservation Bond Program. These are direct subsidy bonds that may be issued by state and local governments to finance energy conservation projects.