TVA says power grid not fragile, despite storms

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Tennessee Valley Authority continues to make repairs on its electricity distribution system following storms in May.

While some say the storm damage points to a fragile electricity delivery system, TVA says that’s not true.

Congressman Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland says the U.S. military knows the power grid is very vulnerable. But TVA says the system isn’t fragile — it was storm damaged.

Andrew Phillips of the Electric Power Research Institute agrees, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Phillips says it would be almost impossible to build a transmission line that would withstand the powerful tornadoes that struck in northern Alabama and East Tennessee last month.

TVA says the storms caused nearly $300 million in added cost to the utility and ultimately to its customers.

The Associated Press