TVA gathers public input on mix of energy sources

tva-logoNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority is gathering public input to help officials determine the type and mix of energy sources it will need for future power production.

TVA Vice President Joe Hoagland told The Tennessean that the agency is taking “a very long, strategic look at the assets TVA needs to provide low-cost electricity” to people across the region.

The direction taken will affect how much TVA customers pay for electricity.

TVA is the nation’s largest public utility, supplying power to about 9 million people in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

Along with meetings in Knoxville and Memphis, TVA is encouraging the public to participate through online webinars that can be accessed at

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  • FrereJocques

    My first question is, how sincere is this inquiry? Is it like so many other government “surveys” where they’ve already made up their minds, and they’re going through the motions to satisfy the requirements of a law?

    Second question, will they let this issue be hijacked by the wacko environmentalists?

    There really aren’t a lot of possibilities. TVA has built dams in pretty much all the feasible places. And the enviro-wackos even oppose dams nowadays. Coal-fired power plants are out of favor in the Obama administration–a very misguided approach, and one of the few issues where I disagree strongly with the President. Coal is/was supposed to be our energy ace in the hole. But the wackos are doing everything possible to shut down the industry.

    For large-quantity power production, nothing will top nuclear energy. It is cleaner by far than other power sources, and the enviro-wackos shoot themselves in the foot every time they oppose it.

    Wind power? Solar power? Not yet ready for prime time on an economic level. If TVA moves to rely on these power sources, they’re dumber than I thought. Not reliable and too expensive.