TVA Energy Resource Advisory Council To Meet In Knoxville

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s new Regional Energy Resource Council will be meeting in Knoxville on Jan. 22-23, to learn more about TVA’s energy resources decision-making process.

“TVA must wrestle with competing priorities in maintaining a diversified mix of energy resources that can support low-cost, reliable energy for the Valley,” said Joe Hoagland, TVA vice president and designated federal officer for the council.

“These are significant and complex decisions, and TVA is looking to this council for advice on how to weigh those goals and priorities so TVA can respond with flexibility to the energy uncertainties of the future,” he said.

This will be the second meeting of the 19-member panel, which was appointed last September by TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson. The panel will continue its orientation into the workings of TVA, the nation’s largest public utility. The sessions will be held in TVA’s West Tower Auditorium and are open to the public.

On Wednesday, Jan. 22, the panel is scheduled to receive briefings about how TVAs balances its business decisions with its Integrated Resource Plan, a long-range guide to energy planning that is now being updated; the cost of electricity; power system reliability, and environmental stewardship.

On Thursday, Jan. 23, the council will discuss how to balance these issues and will hold a one-hour public comment period.

The public listening session will be held at 10 a.m. on Jan. 23. Anyone wishing to address the panel is asked to register at the door by 9 a.m. Handout materials should be limited to one printed page. Written comments may be mailed to the Regional Energy Resource Council, Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT-11B, Knoxville, Tn. 37902. Anyone needing special access or accommodations must let TVA know immediately by calling 865 632-6113.

The council members come from across the TVA service territory and bring a broad range of stakeholder views and backgrounds (See Regional Energy Resource Council for biographies). The members represent environmental, industrial, consumer, educational and community leadership interests. Members serve without compensation for a two-year term.


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