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.

TVA now accepting comment on 2019 Integrated Resource Plan

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is beginning work on its 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP)—a comprehensive study that provides direction on how to best meet future electricity demand. Building upon the work of prior IRPs, TVA is starting the 2019 IRP process by proactively addressing the changing utility marketplace. Specifically, the 2019 IRP will explore various scenarios related to expansion of distributed energy resources (DER) in the Tennessee Valley. TVA will also seek to improve its understanding of the impact and benefit of system flexibility with increasing renewable and distributed resources.

The 2019 IRP will consider many views of the future to determine how TVA can continue to provide low-cost, reliable electricity, support environmental stewardship, and spur economic development in the Valley over the next 20 years. As part of the IRP decision-making process, and in alignment with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), TVA will analyze potential environmental implications associated with an updated IRP by issuing an environmental impact statement (EIS).

TVA will accept public comment concerning the scope of the EIS and environmental issues that should be addressed by the IRP from February 15-April 16, 2018. Interested parties can provide input via the IRP online public comment form, through email to IRP@TVA.gov, or by sending comments to the contacts below: