TVA To Review Power, Natural Resource Options for Next 20 Years
TVA will chart its options for generating electricity and managing natural resources for the next 20 years in a new Integrated Resource Plan called TVA’s Environmental and Energy Future.
The plan will outline various sources for producing electricity, their costs and reliability and their potential impacts on the environment. It also will review ways to conserve and manage natural resources and consider types of viable renewable generation that are available.
TVA will conduct meetings beginning in July to get public input on TVA’s natural resource management activities and input on power source options to ensure a reliable supply of electricity for the future with minimal environmental impacts. A schedule of Integrated Resource Plan public meetings throughout the Tennessee Valley will be available on the Web site, www.tva.gov/irp.
All meetings will be held from 4-8 p.m. local time. The meeting schedule is:
* Monday, July 20 — Ellington Agricultural Center, Ed Jones Auditorium, 440 Hogan Road, Nashville, Tenn.
* Tuesday, July 21 — University of Tennessee Chattanooga, University Center, Chattanooga Room, 642A E. 5th St., Chattanooga, Tenn.
* Thursday, July 23 — Pellissippi State University, College Center, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, Tenn.
* Tuesday, July 28 —Marriott at the Space Center, Salons A-C, 5 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, Ala.
* Thursday, July 30 — James E. Bruce Convention Center, Ballrooms 1-2, 303 Conference Center Drive, Hopkinsville, Ky.
* Tuesday, Aug. 4 — Mississippi State University, Colvard Student Union, Union Ballroom Section M, 310 E. Lee Blvd., Starkville, Miss.
* Thursday Aug. 6 — Bridges Center, High Adventure Room, 477 N. 5th St., Memphis, Tenn.
“These meetings and the resulting plan will help TVA determine what is most important to Tennessee Valley stakeholders and ratepayers in energy and environmental matters,” said TVA Senior Vice President of the Office of Environment and Research Anda Ray. “At the meetings, the public will have an opportunity to review TVA’s environmental guiding principals and to provide input on power generating options for the future.”
TVA completed a similar 20-year Integrated Resource Plan in 1995, titled Energy Vision 2020.
TVA is the nation’s largest public power provider and is completely self-financing. TVA provides power to large industries and 158 power distributors that serve approximately 9 million consumers in seven southeastern states. TVA also manages the Tennessee River and its tributaries to provide multiple benefits, including flood damage reduction, navigation, water quality and recreation.
Barbara Martocci, Knoxville, (865) 632-8632
TVA News Bureau, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000