TVA reservoirs above seasonal levels

By The Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Valley Authority reservoirs are above seasonal levels because of above-average rainfall last year.

The federal utility said Thursday that all nine hydroelectric dams on the Tennessee River and most of the 20 power-producing tributary dams are generating at maximum capacity.

The hydroelectric system’s current available output is about 3,100 megawatts — enough to power about 1.8 million homes.

In mid-January, all 29 TVA hydroelectric dams generated at the same time for the first time in three years. Hydro power is less than 10 percent of TVA’s total generation mix.

TVA provides electricity for utility and business customers in most of Tennessee and parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.