The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) said it could use more renewable energy, natural gas and energy efficiency, according to the final 2015 Integrated Resource Plan.
The IRP is a planning roadmap to 2033 that examines several market-driven scenarios to help the utility respond to changing demands. TVA updated its 2011 IRP due to changes in the utility industry, such as lower natural gas prices and renewable energy costs, decreased demand and increased focus on energy efficiency. The final IRP says between 700- and 2,300-MW by 2023, and between 3,900- and 5,500-MW of natural gas by 2033. There is no need for additional baseload resources after the completion of Watts Bar 2 nuclear unit in Tennessee and uprates to the three units at Browns Ferry Nuclear Station in Alabama; and to increase energy efficiency, demand response and renewable energy levels in hydro, solar and wind.
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