October 9, 2008
Governor Convenes Local Leaders on Future of Clean Energy Technology in Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Tennessee is a national leader in the development of clean energy technology and other energy-related solutions, including green buildings.
A cutting-edge research facility -- the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Knoxville -- and a strong commitment from local government and private businesses are fueling this success.
To further accelerate the state's leadership in the energy sector, Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker, and more than 30 clean energy experts will converge at the first-ever Governor's Summit on Clean Energy Technology, to be held at the Knoxville Convention Center on Oct. 14-15.
Trane, a leading global provider of energy efficient indoor comfort systems and services, is a platinum sponsor of the event, as a way to increase awareness and understanding of energy use and efficiency in buildings.
Jeff Watson, vice president for Trane's southeast territory, and Jim Bierkamp, business leader for Trane in Tennessee, will join other leaders in business, government, energy and the environment at the one-and-a-half-day summit to develop strategies for continuing Tennessee's leadership in the clean-energy technology sector.
"Buildings consume nearly 1/3 of the world's energy and there are technologies and solutions available today to make them more efficient," said Bierkamp. "Through this forum, we look forward to discussing the current built environment and the proven clean energy systems, services and solutions available so that Tennessee can continue to lead the way."
Trane has a significant presence in the state, including a manufacturing facility in Clarksville that employs approximately 1,700 people, five sales and distribution offices, eight parts centers and five service centers.
Bierkamp will be available for media interviews upon request and appointment.
About the Governor's Summit on Clean Energy
The University of Tennessee's Baker Center for Public Policy will host the first-ever Governor's Summit on Clean Energy Technology, featuring Gov. Phil Bredesen and the state's former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker. The summit is an outgrowth of the Governor's Task Force on Energy Policy and will feature more than 30 world-class panelists representing a wide range of businesses, issues and organizations. In addition to Bredesen, Baker and Mr. Jacoby, confirmed speakers and moderators include both current U.S. senators from Tennessee, Lamar Alexander Bob Corker; TVA President and CEO Tom Kilgore; ORNL Director Thom Mason; UT President John Petersen; and Appalachian Regional Commission Co-Chair Anne Pope. For more information, visit http://state.tn.us/ecd/cet08/.
Trane, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ingersoll Rand , provides systems and services that enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings around the world. Through its two premium brands -- Trane and American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning -- the business offers a broad range of energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning solutions. Its systems and services comprise dehumidifying and air cleaning products; aftermarket service and parts support; advanced building controls; and building and financing solutions, including those that allow energy-efficient systems to pay for themselves through energy savings. Trane's systems and services have leading positions in premium commercial, residential, institutional and industrial markets; a reputation for reliability, high quality and product innovation; and a powerful distribution network. The business has 35 plants in 10 countries and more than 29,000 employees worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.trane.com/; http://www.americanstandardair.com/; and http://www.ingersollrand.com/.
CONTACT: Perri Richman of Trane, +1-732-980-6386, [email protected]
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