TVA Reports $4.9 Billion Operating Revenue For First 2 Quarters Fiscal Year 2021

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

The Tennessee Valley Authority reported $4.9 billion in total operating revenues on 76.4 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity sales for the first two quarters of fiscal year 2021 ended March 31.  

Sales of electricity were 3 percent higher due to an 8 percent increase in heating degree days over the same period in the prior year, and an increase in sales to directly served customers. Total operating revenues decreased 4 percent over the same period of the prior year driven primarily by lower effective base rates and lower fuel cost recovery revenues as a result of lower fuel rates offset by higher demand volume.

“The industry-leading reliability of the TVA power system kept the lights and heat on in the Tennessee Valley region this winter during conditions that caused severe disruptions in other parts of the country,” said Jeff Lyash, TVA president and CEO. “The dedicated effort of TVA’s 10,000 employees and the diversity and resiliency of the TVA power system continued to serve the 10 million people that rely on us each and every day, just as they have for the past 88 years.”

TVA’s tax equivalents and interest expenses were lower in the first two quarters of fiscal year 2021 than in the same periods of the prior year, while operating and maintenance expenses increased slightly by $26 million, driven primarily by an increase in planned outage expense and labor escalation. TVA’s fuel and purchased power expense was 8 percent lower year-over-year, primarily driven by lower fuel cost recovery resulting from volatility in the natural gas and purchased power markets, as well as lower effective fuel rates, due to lower coal prices, improved nuclear fleet performance and more hydroelectric generation.

TVA’s depreciation and amortization expense was $282 million lower during the quarter versus the same period in the prior year, due to a $265 million decrease related to the 2019 decision to accelerate the retirements of Bull Run and Paradise.

Interest expense was $557 million for the first six months of fiscal year 2021, which was a 3 percent decrease from the same period of the prior year, driven by lower average debt balances.

“As we continue to provide reliable power even in the most extreme conditions, the cost of TVA’s electrcity also remains among the lowest in the industry and the region,” said John Thomas, TVA’s chief financial officer. “In fact, TVA’s customers are paying effective wholesale rates in 2021 that are lower than a decade ago and we project our rates will remain stable for the remainder of the decade.”

Additional highlights from TVA’s second quarter fiscal year 2021 include:

TVA continued to maintain 99.999 percent reliability in delivering energy to its customers despite extreme winter weather in the quarter ended in March. TVA has maintained 99.999 percent reliability for over 20 consecutive years, providing industry-leading reliability.

As part of the Strategic Financial Plan approved by the TVA Board in 2019, TVA offers a 20-year Valley Partnership Agreement option to local power company customers. As of May 3, 142 local power companies had accepted the offer and are now TVA long-term partners. Bill credits available to long-term partners totaled over $90 million in the first two quarters of fiscal year 2021.

In 2020, the TVA Board approved a Pandemic Relief Credit that became effective beginning in October 2020 as a 2.5 percent monthly base rate credit, totaling approximately $200 million for 2021.  As of March 31, TVA had provided approximately $104 million in Pandemic Relief Credits.

TVA is also offering the Back-to-Business credit program that provides relief to certain larger customers when returning to operations and the Community Care Fund that partners TVA and LPCs to support local initiatives that address hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic. TVA remains committed to supporting communities and customers across the Tennessee Valley during the region’s ongoing recovery.

Rainfall and runoff in the Tennessee Valley during the second quarter of 2021 were 130 percent and 115 percent of normal, respectively. 

TVA's economic development efforts, combined with our reliability and low costs, continue to attract and encourage the expansion of business and industries in the Tennessee Valley, with over $3.9 billion in investments and more than 45,200 jobs created or retained through the second quarter of 2021.

Selected Financial Data – Six Months Ended March 31

Sales, Revenues & Expenses

2021

2020

Sales (millions of kWh)

76,431

74,123

 

 

 

Operating Revenues ($ millions)

$ 4,876

$ 5,099

 

 

 

Fuel & Purchased Power Expense

1,213

1,323

Operating & Maintenance Expense

1,359

1,333

Interest Expense

557

576

 

 

 

Net Income

$ 640

$ 447

 

 

 

Net Cash Provided by / (Used in) ($ millions)

 

 

Operating Activities

$ 1,570

$ 1,870

Investing Activities

(1,092)

(1,010)

Financing Activities

(480)

(324)

 


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