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Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is under fire for not prioritizing energy conservation and efficiency.  One area of concern is their commitment, or lack of, to energy efficiency.  The utility reduced its energy efficiency programs by nearly two-thirds between 2014 and 2018.  More recently, TVA completely cut customer energy efficiency incentive programs.  The utility has yet to align its long-term planning with the Biden administration’s goal to achieve a carbon-free electricity sector by 2035.  Have TVA’s plans failed or have they failed to plan?

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Bob Meinetz on Jan 19, 2022

Nevelyn, 61% of TVA's electricity is carbon free - the lowest carbon footprint of any RTO in the country, and 19% lower than California's Independent System Operator (CAISO).

TVA has, from the start, wisely invested in nuclear energy. The smart physicists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory recognized early on the superior capacity factor of nuclear would provide a reliable, inexpensive source of electricity for TVA's customers; that weather conditions in Tennessee and surrounding states would make investing in solar and wind a fool's errand.

Hopefully, TVA CEO Jeffrey Lyash will tell members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to get lost, to go back to school and learn something about energy - they're way out of their league.

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