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Tritium is produced in the unit 1 reactor at Watts Bar. Currently, TVA is completing unit 2. Credit: Stephen Jerkins

TVA Raises Rates And Cuts Efficiency Programs To Fund Capital Projects

August 21, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Power bills will go up by 1.5 percent starting in October as part of a TVA rate hike approved by the utility’s board Thursday.

The Tennessee Valley Authority closed 8 coal-fired power plans in 2010. (Creative Commons: Tennessee Valley Authority)

Tennessee May Have Natural Gas To Thank For Major Drop In Carbon Emissions

May 29, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Between 2007 and 2012, Tennessee’s coal-powered energy dipped 40 percent. At the same time, natural gas generation is 11 times greater.

Tennessee’s Power Producer Gets Lift From Cold Winter, But Still Cuts Jobs

Tennessee’s Power Producer Gets Lift From Cold Winter, But Still Cuts Jobs

May 6, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Record cold this winter means the Tennessee Valley Authority sold more electricity to local power companies in the past six months. But the news comes as the federally owned utility is looking to make big cuts to its workforce.

3,200 Workers Are Helping Complete The Nation’s First New Nuclear Reactor In 20 Years

3,200 Workers Are Helping Complete The Nation’s First New Nuclear Reactor In 20 Years

May 2, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Over 3,500 people were working at Watts Bar, at the height of construction. TVA’s Mike Skaggs says that number is declining, as the reactor nears completion.

White House Gives TVA Pat On The Back, But Still Wants To End Federal Ties

White House Gives TVA Pat On The Back, But Still Wants To End Federal Ties

March 4, 2014 at 12:54 pm

The Obama Administration says the Tennessee Valley Authority has a better handle on its financial situation. But they’re still floating the possibility of the putting the nation’s largest public utility in private hands.

A massive crane lowers a new steam generator into TVA's Sequoyah Unit 2 reactor in 2012. Image: Tennessee Valley Authority.

Why Is TVA Buying Spare Parts For A Nuclear Reactor It Hasn’t Finished Yet?

February 18, 2014 at 5:15 am

TVA says the steam generators at Watts Bar Unit 2 were installed decades ago, as the reactor sat unfinished. Agency officials insist it would be 8 to 10 years before the generators need to be swapped out, and it’s cheaper to buy them now rather than later.

A turbine at TVA's Wilbur Dam in East Tennessee, covered with icicles on Tuesday, January 7. On that day, TVA set a new single day record for power usage. Image: Tennessee Valley Authority

Bitter Cold In January Will Mean Higher Power Bills In March

February 13, 2014 at 1:02 pm

The Tennessee Valley Authority says March electricity bills will increase, due to record demand at the beginning of the year. The agency sold more power, but it also had to pay a premium for coal, natural gas, and uranium.

The Cold Winter Drove Up Demand For Power, But TVA Is Still Shuttering Some Coal Plants

The Cold Winter Drove Up Demand For Power, But TVA Is Still Shuttering Some Coal Plants

February 4, 2014 at 1:34 pm

The Tennessee Valley Authority says it will likely press on with its plans to shut down several power generators, even though freezing temperatures in January led to record demand.

No Need To Build Alabama Nuclear Plant—Not Even Using Nashville Businessman’s Money

No Need To Build Alabama Nuclear Plant—Not Even Using Nashville Businessman’s Money

November 15, 2013 at 3:21 pm

The Tennessee Valley Authority says an unfinished nuclear plant in Alabama will likely stay that way. Not only has TVA stopped work at the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant, it’s also turned down an offer from a Nashville financier to finish the project with private money.

TVA will shut down two coal units at its Paradise Fossil Plant near Drakesboro, Kentucky. Another unit will remain active and TVA will build a gas-powered generator. Image: TVA

Less Coal, More Gas: TVA Votes To Shut Even More Coal-Fired Generators

November 14, 2013 at 2:27 pm

As expected, the Tennessee Valley Authority announced Thursday that’s it’s shutting down several coal-fired power generators, but none are in Tennessee. TVA says it’s making more power than it needs.

Wet Summer Means More Power From Dams, But TVA Has To Put Off Safety Checks

Wet Summer Means More Power From Dams, But TVA Has To Put Off Safety Checks

September 3, 2013 at 5:17 am

The Tennessee Valley Authority is generating twice as much hydroelectric power, due to unseasonably wet weather. Turbines at the utility’s 29 dams have been running non-stop all summer. That means TVA can’t inspect them, as scheduled.

TVA To Charge Customers More For Electricity As Demand For Power Slumps

TVA To Charge Customers More For Electricity As Demand For Power Slumps

August 22, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Electricity bills are going up soon. Today, the Tennessee Valley Authority approved its first rate increase in two years.

TVA: $120M Drop In Power Sales The Start Of A Long-Term Trend

TVA: $120M Drop In Power Sales The Start Of A Long-Term Trend

August 5, 2013 at 1:06 pm

The Tennessee Valley Authority says its customers are using a lot less power. Mild weather means people aren’t running their air conditioners as much. But the federally owned utility says it’s starting to see a long-term downward trend.

TVA To Meet With Budget Officials On Privatization For The First Time

TVA To Meet With Budget Officials On Privatization For The First Time

May 20, 2013 at 4:05 am

TVA executives will hold their first face-to-face meetings with the Obama Administration Tuesday about possibly privatizing the public utility. The idea was floated in the President’s budget plan.

Proposed Sale Makes It Hard For TVA To Borrow Cash

Proposed Sale Makes It Hard For TVA To Borrow Cash

May 3, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Just as the Tennessee Valley Authority is looking to borrow lots of money this year, the cost of doing that is going up. It’s a reaction to the suggestion that TVA should be privatized.

Alexander’s Reasoning For Keeping TVA In Federal Hands: It Has All The Tritium

Alexander’s Reasoning For Keeping TVA In Federal Hands: It Has All The Tritium

April 25, 2013 at 11:48 am

Sen. Lamar Alexander is now raising national security concerns over the possible sale of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

TVA Done With Sequoyah Maintenance

TVA Done With Sequoyah Maintenance

January 11, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Work on the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant’s Unit Two reactor is finished ahead of schedule and under budget.

Power Transitions at TVA

Power Transitions at TVA

January 2, 2013 at 4:29 pm

The new year means a new CEO for the Tennessee Valley Authority. Bill Johnson takes over the $11 billion public utility after being hired in November.

Without Board Quorum, Incoming TVA CEO Gets New Powers

Without Board Quorum, Incoming TVA CEO Gets New Powers

December 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm

TVA’s board is supposed to have nine members; it’s already short three. Two more will go when Congress adjourns, leaving the board without enough members to do business.

TVA Scrambles with Board Quorum in Jeopardy

December 10, 2012 at 8:02 am

The dwindling number of TVA board members will meet this morning to hatch a plan for when there are no longer enough directors to make decisions. The President’s nominees are still waiting to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.