University of Tennessee

Appalachia and the Future of Energy

The focus of the University of Tennessee’s 2011 ATP project will be the future of energy in rural Appalachia. America’s changing energy portfolio will, no doubt, have a profound effect on many Appalachian communities.  Increases in nuclear production, a likely transition away from coal reliance, and the increasing use of renewable sources will dramatically change the character and economy of many communities. Students participating in this year’s project will research and develop a likely energy portfolio for the Appalachian region and then measure the potential impacts of this portfolio on five distressed Appalachian counties:  Greene County, PA; Pendleton County, VW; Pike County, KY; Johnson County, TN; and Lawrence County, AL. They will then offer policy recommendations to help mitigate the effects of this change and produce positive subregional outcomes.

Final Report

Contact Information:

Tim Ezzell, Ph.D.
Director Community Partnership Center
University of Tennessee
UT Conference Center, Suite 311
Knoxville, TN 37996-0645
Telephone: 865-974-9036


Previous Conference Participation:  2010     2009