Transparency urged in TVA's 30-year plan

Tennessee Valley Authority TVA 30-year plan nuclear coal gas hydroelectric solar wind

Environmentalists and other stakeholders are calling for increased transparency as the Tennessee Valley Authority begins developing its 30-year plan for power generation, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports.

“It is very important that TVA makes this process as open and transparent as possible and makes sure they have good involvement from stakeholders,” said Southern Alliance for Clean Energy director Stephen Smith. According to the paper, in 2011, advisory council members including environmentalists and academics were made to sign confidentiality agreements. Nonetheless, Smith said, TVA moved notably toward transparency in the 2011 round of strategic planning, a trend he hopes continues, the paper reports.

The plan, which will come into shape over a period of 18 months beginning this fall, is expected to center on emphasizing nuclear power over coal. "Right now, coal makes up about 40 percent of our power generation. That will come down to about one-third, and nuclear will come up to about 40 percent [by 2027]," said a TVA spokesperson, according to the Times Free Press. The remainder, he said, will come from hydroelectric dams, natural gas, increased efficiency, and, to a small degree, solar and wind plants.

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