Tennessee Energy regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Tennessee Energy: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Tennessee has no statutes, regulations, or Executive Orders applicable to renewable energy.

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Hydraulic fracturing: Rules and Regulations of the State of Tennessee (Rule) 0400-53-01-.01 to 0400-53-01-.07

Trade secrets: Rule 0400-53-01-.03

Regulatory Agency

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC)

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. To date, the federal government's involvement in renewable energy programs has been limited to voluntary programs and providing financial incentives for renewable energy generation. Tennessee has not implemented any renewable energy programs at the state level.

Tennessee has established state regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and the disclosure of information on the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.

Administration and enforcement. The TDEC is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's hydraulic fracturing regulations.

State Requirements


Rule 0400-51-01-.01 to 0400-53-01-.07

State oil and gas rules specifically addressing hydraulic fracturing are in effect in Tennessee. These rules, administered by the TDEC, mandate that operations having a hydraulic fracturing process that uses 200,000 gallons (gal) or more of water are required to meet stringent public notification and disclosure requirements. If the 200,000-gal threshold is not met, the operator is not required to inform nearby landowners or landowners with wells, or to post what chemicals are used.

Trade Secrets

Rule 0400-53-01-.03

Tennessee requires disclosure of fracturing chemicals as part of ...

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