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April 24th 2019

Integrated Resource Planning at Tennesse Valley Authority 

Amy Henry, Sr. Manager, Enterprise Relations and Strategic Partnerships - Tennessee Valley Authority

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: White Hall Classroom Building -Room 122 (parking in South Limestone Garage PS #5)

Abstract: TVA is currently developing its 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) through a process that involves wide participation and engagement inclusive of stakeholders, experts, and the public. The IRP provides long-term direction on how TVA can best meet future demand for electric power and shapes how TVA provides low-cost, reliable electricity; supports environmental stewardship; and fosters economic development in the Tennessee Valley for the next 20 years. TVA is updating its 2015 IRP due to continuing changes in the utility industry. Such changes include abundant, lower-cost natural gas, decreased cost of renewable generation, and increased focus on energy conservation efforts. The PEIK seminar presentation will discuss the current draft IRP, which has been released for public review. 

Bio: Amy manages TVA’s Enterprise Relations & Strategic Partnerships team, which is responsible for strategic engagement of stakeholders around various issues including TVA’s energy resources, energy efficiency, distributed generation, natural resource stewardship, and other key issues.  Amy and her team work to build mutual understanding with stakeholders, enhance relationships, and align programs with stakeholder needs.  She facilitates the engagement of TVA’s Federal Advisory Councils, the Regional Resource Stewardship Council and The Regional Energy Resource Council.  Engaging stakeholders in TVA’s Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) process is one of her key efforts in 2018-2019.  She is also responsible for working with organizations as TVA further develops partnerships with innovation centers and companies in the Valley. 

Previously, Amy worked in TVA’s Environmental Compliance organization.  For three years, she led TVA’s policy and practice for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which requires TVA to assess environmental impacts of proposed projects.  In that role, she led environmental analyses for a wide variety of projects supporting TVA’s broad mission of Energy, Environment, and Economic Development.   

Prior to joining TVA in 2009, Amy worked for BHE Environmental Inc., where she consulted on environmental impact assessments, endangered species surveys, and land management planning.  She holds a BS degree in Biology from Wake Forest University (North Carolina), and an MS degree in Zoology and Wildlife Science from Auburn University (Alabama). 

The Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky is pleased to continue its seminar series* regarding energy issues on the University of Kentucky campus. There are also opportunities to participate in online seminars. Details will be provided as they become available. Please join us. All faculty, students, staff, and visitors are welcome.

*Each seminar is worth one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for industry and professional participants. Participants wanting to receive certificates for Professional Development Hours should sign in on the request form at the seminar.

April 13th 2019

UK Solar Car Team Open House

Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Location: Cats Den

The University of Kentucky Solar Car Team is 20-years old. To celebrate, the team is hosting an open house April 13, from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., at the Cats Den inside the Bill Gatton Student Center. Refreshments will be served.

The team’s current car, Gato del Sol VI, will be present, as will former iterations of the car, Gato del Sol IV and V. Solar Car Team memorabilia will be on display and T-shirts will be available for sale.

In addition to remarks from current team members and UK Engineering faculty, former team member Nick Such will share reflections from his days on the team. Such is co-founder of Awesome Inc in Lexington. The public is welcome to attend. The link to RSVP is available here.

Launched in 1999, the UK Solar Car Team is just the eighth team nationally to reach the 20-year milestone. It began racing competitively in 2003.

The team achieved significant success from 2008-2010. In 2008, it completed the American Solar Challenge (ASC) road course for the first time in its history. The trek took team members at Gato del Sol III from Plano, Texas to Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In 2009, finished second in the Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP); and in 2010, it not only competed in FSGP, but also completed the ASC road course—this time from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma to Naperville, Illinois—finishing ninth. In 2011, the team had the unique experience of competing in FSGP at historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

This July, The UK Solar Car Team will take Gato del Sol VI to FSGP at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas.