TVA Begins Public Process To Update Energy Plan

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Tennessee Valley Authority is beginning a public process to update its Integrated Resource Plan, the agency’s long-term energy resource strategy.

Interested stakeholders and the general public are invited to two sessions to discuss the purpose of the IRP, the approximately 18-month process to update it and the scope of an associated Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.

The first session will be Thursday, Oct. 24, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at TVA headquarters, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, in Knoxville, on the plaza level of the East Tower. The second session will be Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CST, at MLGW University, 4949 Raleigh-LaGrange Road, in Memphis.

The public can participate in these scoping meetings through simultaneous webinars, which can be accessed at http:www.tva.gov/irp. Participants are encouraged to register in advance.

“With the help of the public, TVA will identify the most effective energy resource strategy that will meet TVA’s mission and serve the people of the Valley for the next 10 to 20 years with cleaner, low-cost and reliable electricity,” said TVA Vice President Joe Hoagland, who is the designated federal officer for the IRP.

To ensure that the full range of issues and a comprehensive portfolio of energy resources are addressed, TVA invites members of the public, customers, businesses, environmental organizations and community leaders, as well as federal, state, and local agencies to comment on the scope of the IRP and Supplement Environmental Impact Statement.

TVA will be accepting written comments electronically and by conventional mail from Oct. 21 to Nov. 22.      

The IRP is being refreshed to update the recommended planning direction presented in the 2011 IRP to reflect dramatic changes that have occurred both for the industry and TVA.

Those changes include an abundance of lower-cost natural gas, a decline in electricity demand growth industry-wide and in the Tennessee Valley region, a new schedule for completing Watts Bar Nuclear Unit 2 in 2015, and TVA's clean-air commitments to retire at least 2,700 megawatts of less-efficient coal capacity by 2018.

TVA anticipates the major issues to be addressed in the IRP study and the associated Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement will include the cost and reliability of power; the effects of power production on the environment; the availability and use of renewable power resources, including energy efficiency; the handling of waste and byproducts of TVA power operations, and the relationship of the economy to all of these activities.

TVA also expects an evaluation of electrical transmission system additions and upgrades necessary to transmit power from TVA generating facilities and from facilities outside the TVA region.

As part of the IRP and SEIS process, TVA anticipates asking representatives from key stakeholder groups to participate in a review group to learn about the issues, discuss tradeoffs associated with different resource options, and assist TVA in developing an optimal energy resource strategy. 

Written comments should be sent to Charles P. Nicholson, Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D, Knoxville, Tn. 37902.  Comments also may be submitted on the project website at http://www.tva.gov/irp, or by email at IRP@tva.gov.


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