TVA Regional Energy Resource Council Public Listening Session

The TVA Regional Energy Resource Council will hold a public listening session on June 26, 2019 at The Read House Ballroom, 107 W MLK Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37402. The RERC will be in session to review the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) including the recommended planning direction and the public engagement process.

The meeting is open to the public and persons wishing to speak are requested to register at the door between 12:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m., and will be called on during the public listening session between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. To allow time for many viewpoints, speaking times might be limited. Written comments are also invited and may be mailed to the Regional Energy Resource Council, Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT-9D, Knoxville, TN 37902.

TVA expects to publish the final IRP and EIS soon after the RERC meeting, and IRP/EIS results are scheduled to be presented to the TVA Board on August 22, 2019. More on RERC here.

TVA IRP Public Webinar

On June 5 from 11:00 AM to 11:45AM EST, TVA will host a public webinar with updates on its 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and accompanying Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The IRP and EIS will be released on June 28. Webinar participants will need to pre-register here in order to get additional information about how to join the webinar.

During the webinar, TVA will provide:

  • An overview of comments received during the public comment period, which ran from Feb. 15 to April 8, 2019,
  • Highlights of additional computer modeling completed in response to public comments, and
  • A review of next steps to finalize the IRP recommendation.

TVA’s 2019 IRP is a comprehensive study that provides direction on how TVA can best meet future demand for power. The IRP will help shape TVA’s power-generation system and offer direction on how TVA provides low-cost, reliable electricity; supports environmental stewardship; and fosters economic development in the Tennessee Valley for the next 20 years. Per the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), TVA has prepared an EIS to analyze the 2019 IRP’s potential impacts on the environment, economy and population in the Tennessee Valley.

TVA will make the IRP and final EIS, which will include the recommendation, available to the public for at least 30 days before it is presented to the TVA Board of Directors for approval. TVA will request approval of the IRP Recommendation from the Board in August 2019. Once approved, a Record of Decision will be published.

TVA plans to record the webinar and make it available on its IRP website. Please pre-register for the webinar if you plan to attend. For more information, visit TVA’s IRP website at tva.com/irp.

One week until deadline to submit TVA 2019 IRP comments

As of Monday April Fool’s Day, the public has exactly one week to submit their comments to TVA’s 2019 Integrated Resource Plan.

The IRP provides a long-term vision for how TVA can best meet the Valley’s need for power during the next two decades. According to the draft, the IRP will impact how TVA supports environmental stewardship, encourages economic development, and offers low-cost electricity in the area.

TAEBC’s utility relations committee will be responsible for drafting TAEBC’s comments, which will be made public to our members and stakeholders. If you would like to participate in this process, please email TAEBC’s vice president Cortney Piper here.

News outlets have been reporting the agency’s plans focus on increasing flexibility, with the addition of smaller-scale and localized “distributed generation” and renewable power sources.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, the IRP lays out all combinations of six possible scenarios and five agency strategies. The scenarios are: TVA’s current “base case” projections, an economic downturn, growth of power needs, a strong push to cut carbon emissions, rapid development of distributed generation, and opposition to extending nuclear plant operation.

You can view the draft IRP and submit your comments here.

TVA’s 2019 IRP Scoping Report Published with Public Comments

TVA published the 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) Scoping Report on Aug. 1, 2018. The report includes public comments related to TVA’s work on the IRP and the related Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The IRP is a long-term plan that provides direction on how TVA can best meet future electricity demand over the next 20 years – while the EIS assesses the natural, cultural and socioeconomic impacts associated with IRP implementation.

During a 60-day scoping period that ran from Feb. 14 to Apr. 16, 2018, members of the public provided input online, by mail and at public scoping meetings around issues that are important to them. The scoping report captures these comments, which will help lay the foundation for development of the IRP and EIS.

The scoping report also includes:

  • Information on the resource planning and environmental review process
  • Information on final strategies and scenarios under consideration in the IRP
  • A summary of IRP and EIS topics
  • A look at how the IRP and EIS are being developed
  • Public outreach efforts and materials

For more information on the 2019 IRP, visit tva.com/irp

TVA hosting IRP 2019 Quarterly Webinar

TVA is hosting its first Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) Quarterly Public Update Meeting on May 15, 2018. The webinar will run from 11 to 11:45 a.m. EDT, and participants will need to register here.

The 2019 IRP is a comprehensive study that provides direction on how to best meet future electricity demand. Learn more about the IRP on TVA’s IRP website.

IRP quarterly webinars are designed to ensure continued transparency, information-sharing and public engagement around the development of the 2019 IRP. TVA held a scoping webinar at the kickoff of the 2019 IRP.

At the May 15 webinar, TVA will:

  • Introduce the 2019 IRP – What it is, why TVA is doing it and how it will help determine the Valley’s energy future,
  • Provide an update on where TVA is in the developing process,
  • Summarize public scoping comments,
  • Review next steps.

If interested, please be sure to register.