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Uplifting Lives: Transforming Low Income Energy Efficiency Programs in the Southeast
Join Frank Rapley with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and Cyrus Bhedwar from SEEA for an in-depth conversation on the public utility's new program Home UpLift, which improves energy security and health outcomes in its seven-state service area.

Hear how TVA identified challenges in the delivery of their low income energy efficiency program and how Home UpLift's innovative partnership model helped households save up to 30% on their annual energy costs. Frank and Cyrus will go beyond the upgrades and discuss how collaboration with regional partners and energy education for participating households transformed this vital program for energy burdened residents.

Oct 28, 2021 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Frank Rapley
Senior Manager, EnergyRight for the Home @Tennessee Valley Authority
Frank Rapley has 30 years of experience in the electric utility industry. He currently leads the EnergyRight Solutions for the Home group in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s EnergyRight Solutions organization. Previously he led TVA’s energy efficiency program design group and also served as communications manager for TVA’s Customer Resources organization. His utility experience includes four years at NRG Energy, Inc., where he was director of communications and later NRG’s market representative at the New York Independent System Operator. Frank began his utility career at Entergy Corporation, where he held positions in communications, customer service, and consumer, and small business marketing. Frank is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He lives in Little Rock with his wife Tammy. Their son David lives in Nashville.
Cyrus Bhedwar
Director of Policy @SEEA
Cyrus Bhedwar serves as SEEA’s director of policy, and spent the early part of his career working in energy efficiency and sustainability at the local, state and regional levels. He currently spends his time thinking hard about how we create the understanding, connections and infrastructure needed to advance energy efficiency in an eleven state region where grits and/or sweet tea are in plentiful supply. Cyrus works with utilities, policy makers and the energy efficiency industry because they keep returning his calls. He’s trained in the Collaborative Operating System so will make sure others play nicely with you. At 5’6” and 120 lbs. Cyrus is compact enough to take anywhere, leaving you no excuse to be without a small, Indian man who grew up in Delaware and still sounds funny saying “y’all.”