Despite days where air conditioners and electric fans seem to run nonstop, the Tennessee Valley Authority says this summer’s heat hasn’t been too much of a strain on the electric grid, so far.
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The Tennessee Valley Authority is weighing plans that would shrink its dependence on coal to make electricity. That’s while ramping up an emphasis on efficiency, and nuclear power.
The first thousand people to buy electric cars in Tennessee could receive a $2500 rebate from the state.
The Republican Candidate for governor says the state has to balance its environmental concerns with the drive to recruit businesses to Tennessee.
An auto supplier that makes parts for Nissan and Volkswagen announced today they’ll open a plant in Shelbyville.
The Republican candidate for governor says he supports the state’s effort to make switchgrass a competitive alternative to fossil fuel. The state invested some $70 million three years ago toward research, and a small-scale biorefinery in East Tennessee, to work on turning switchgrass into ethanol.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is making far less electricity today than it thought it would need to if the economy hadn’t cooled down over the last few years. Because of that lull in demand, officials say they’re not depending as much on some of TVA’s less efficient power plants. And they’re thinking about which ones they might replace.
The project comes after an ash pond’s dyke burst at a TVA plant in Kingston in 2008, spilling millions of cubic yards of ash into a nearby river.
Thursday, Knoxville-based Pilot Travel Centers finished a deal to buy the Flying J truck-stop chain for some $1.8 billion. But to close the deal, the Federal Trade Commission made Pilot sell off 26 stores, saying otherwise the lack of competition could have driven up diesel prices.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is shifting into the next phase of its cleanup of the massive coal-ash spill near Knoxville. That’s where an earthen dam burst in December of 2008, spilling millions of tons of ash sludge, which is what’s left over after coal is burned for energy and dumped in a lake. And now TVA says it will keep some of the ash from the cleanup on site.
TVA is wrapping up its operation to dredge ash out of the Emory River this week, even though it’s leaving between a quarter and a half million cubic yards of ash in the waterway. That’s at the Kingston Fossil Plant where an earthen dam broke a year and a half ago, spilling several million tons of ash sludge.
A Republican candidate for governor says Tennessee has to change how it pays for roads.
Brentwood Republican Marsha Blackburn’s name has been added to a legal action challenging an EPA statement on climate change.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is still working out whether insurance will help cover the cost of the massive coal ash spill at its Kingston plant in December 2008. TVA ratepayers are already making payments on the billion-dollar cleanup effort, though falling fuel costs have, so far, offset the added expense to electric bills.
The Tennessee Valley Authority will use Nashville Electric Service as a test market for offering financial incentives to customers who make efficiency improvements.
The solar research initiative Governor Bredesen proposed last week is modeled after another alternative energy project in Tennessee: the biofuel program launched two years ago.
Governor Phil Bredesen is proposing the state spend federal stimulus dollars to develop solar technology in Tennessee. The initiative would create a 20-acre “solar farm,” and attract researchers to the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Tennessee State University announced today it’s receiving the largest land donation in the school’s history. The gift of 250 acres west of downtown Nashville is almost certain to factor into the debate over the development of one of Nashville’s last green spaces.
A new report by the Corps of Engineers says there’s no sign of imminent danger at Nashville’s Percy Priest Dam. But if it were to break, the potential consequences are too grave to ignore.
Parts of downtown Nashville will go dark for an hour on the last Saturday of March, as part of a global environmental effort by the World Wildlife Fund.