Knoxville, United States

2013 challenge

With an aging housing stock, many residents in the City of Knoxville are left with energy bills that they are unable to pay. In the short run, charitable organizations have donated over $3 million to cover emergency energy bills in 2011, but the long-term solution is in improving weatherization of residences and energy efficiency tactics. The city asked IBM to develop a roadmap to improve coordination between utilities and the city, based on better data and effective governance. The strategy is also expected to help affect greenhouse gas emissions by reducing energy use. The city drew on the support of utilities, non-profits and businesses to initiate the project as well as its past experience subsidizing weatherization improvements in residences.

City Leader

Madeline Rogero

Mayor of Knoxville

Team Members

  • Rudi Loepp

    • Public Sector Industry Solutions Executive, IBM Canada
  • Debbie Bonner Perkins

    • Client Services Leader, Global Technology Services, IBM US
  • Anika Schumann

    • Research Staff Member, Smarter Cities Technology Centre, IBM Ireland
  • Jeni Vancura

    • Director of Human Resources, IBM US
  • Avalyn Pace

    • Energy and Utilities Manager, Global Solution Center, IBM US