TVA CEO commits to improving nuclear performance

Bill Johnson

In an interview with the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tennessee Valley Authority CEO Bill Johnson said the TVA’s nuclear “performance is not where it needs to be,” the paper reports.

Johnson gave special mention to the cost overruns at the Watts Bar 2 construction and the red flag safety warnings at Browns Ferry in Alabama.

"We are making progress," he said. "It's slow. One of my objectives is to make it run and run well."

Johnson said nuclear expansion may be in order in the near future, with the retirement of coal plant. Such expansion, he told the Times Free Press, could include restarting construction at Bellefonte or innovations in the field of small modular reactors, on which, he said, TVA may have a particular advantage because of its statutory duties for technological innovation, according to the paper.

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