Knoxville Energy Alliance and Partnership for Green Jobs KEAP Green Jobs A Program Framework Proposal Linking Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, and Good Jobs in the Heart of Knoxville
KEAP Green Jobs Program Vision Through collaboration and input among all local stakeholders, develop and maintain an “energy alliance” program that... 1. Retains and creates hundreds of new, family wage, career path, local “green jobs” that protect or improve the natural environment. 2. Reduces energy waste, money waste, and carbon pollution, especially in buildings in low and moderate income communities. 3. Innovatively expands capital sources and financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy retrofits.
Depending on grants alone is neither realistic nor sustainable.
Long term program viability requires leveraging of public funds and private capital to establish a revolving loan fund (RLF).
RLF by definition sustains itself in the long term.
Finance Stakeholders POTENTIAL STAKEHOLDERS POTENTIAL ROLE Local Banks; Pathway Lending; Private Equity Firms; Individuals Capital fund investors who expect Return On Investment City; County; State Startup grants, e.g. EECBG; Issue bonds, e.g. Clean Renewable Energy Bonds; Cover loan losses ( usually low loss rate ) TVA Allocate EE &/or RE funds for pilot program; Loan servicing based on experience with their EE loan programs KUB Process loan payments through on-bill financing Local Banks; Pthwy Lndng; TVA Loan structuring & servicing
- Access to quality, common sense, relevant training
Workforce Development Stakeholders POTENTIAL STAKEHOLDER POTENTIAL ROLE CAC Workforce Connections ~ TN Career Ctr ~ PSTCC ~ SEEED ~ USGBC ~ Unions ~ Contractors (Homebldrs Assn, Independent contractors, TenneSEIA, etc...) ~ TN Tech Ctr ~ Black Contractors Assn -Develops/supports/connects trained workers from targeted areas for quality, common sense training programs - Determines appropriate certifications Contractors (Homebuilders Assn, Independent contractors, TenneSEIA, etc...) ~ Community Orgs ~ Unions ~ ET Jobs With Justice Negotiates a Community Workforce Agreement : sets labor/wage standards and other contractor bid conditions, including local hiring targets
Community Outreach, Education, and Marketing Stakeholders POTENTIAL STAKEHOLDER POTENTIAL ROLE SEEED ~ Neighborhood and community organizations ~ SOCM ~ Sierra Club ~ Green Bldg Council ~ TenneSEIA~ TN Solar Assn ~ Knox Housing Partnership ~Urban League ~ Knox Co. Schools Grassroots organizing and outreach to targeted low and middle income neighborhoods for EE and RE education, program awareness, input, and participation; Testimonials from beneficiaries; “Pay-it-forward” commitment KEAP Green Jobs coordinating entity Professional staff marketing and explaining recommended measures and financing options to homeowners.
Community Input, Goal-setting, Evaluation, and Quality Control STAKEHOLDER CONSENSUS ON... -Green Building / EE / RE Project Standards - Pilot & Long-term Target #s for Retrofits & Hiring - Target Areas for Retrofits and Hiring - Adjustments/Corrections Based on Evaluation of Project Data