NES to Use Renewable Soy Oil in New Transformers

Nashville, Tenn. - September 2, 2009 -

> Nashville Electric Service demonstrates its environmental
> commitment
> by switching from petroleum-based mineral oil to a renewable source -
> soybean oil - in all new distribution transformers.
> Soy-based oil is biodegradable, non-toxic and much more fire
> resistant
> than mineral oil. In addition, it is more efficient and evidence
> suggests it
> will extend the life of the equipment.
> "We are eliminating the need for over 150,000 gallons of
> petroleum-based mineral oil annually," says Paul Allen, NES Vice
> President
> of Operations.
> NES is doing its part to fulfill Mayor Karl Dean's vision of
> making
> Nashville "the greenest city in the Southeast" by adopting the
> recommendation of the Mayor's Green Ribbon Committee on Environmental
> Sustainability.
> "NES continues to demonstrate its commitment to the environment
> and
> our community," Dean said. "I congratulate and thank them for taking a
> leading role with this initiative and showing us we can implement
> renewable
> energy alternatives to better our environment and achieve a greener
> Nashville."
> The use of soy oil is part of an extensive environmental plan to
> reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower the carbon footprint of
> the city
> of Nashville. The plan, presented to the Mayor this past spring by
> his Green
> Ribbon Committee, includes 16 goals and 71 recommendations to make
> Nashville
> a leader in environmental quality and livability. The plan is
> available
> online at
> NES is taking other steps to further its focus on environmental
> sustainability. The utility has created an NES Green Team of
> employees from
> across the organization to implement various green initiatives
> within the
> company, including in-house recycling, green cleaning, a computer
> energy
> savings program, vehicle idling control, a hybrid vehicle program,
> reducing
> water and energy use in the main building by 10%, and developing a
> public
> demonstration project.
> Nashville Electric Service is one of the 12 largest public
> electric
> utilities in the nation, distributing energy to more than 355,000
> customers
> in Middle Tennessee.