The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Regional Energy Resource Council will meet Thursday in Chattanooga and take public comment.
Topics scheduled for discussion during the session include TVA’s 2019 Integrated Resource Plan, Focus Areas of the plan, the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and Public Engagement in the plan.
The RERC is a Federal Advisory Committee created by TVA to advise our board and leadership on its energy resource activities. The Council advised TVA on its 2015 IRP, which helped TVA achieve air quality improvement goals and led to the utility’s current 55 percent carbon-free portfolio.
The working session takes place from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Chattanoogan Hotel, 1201 Broad St. in downtown Chattanooga.
The public is invited to share their views and opinions directly to the RERC members during an hour-long public comment session beginning at 1 p.m. Anyone who wishes to speak should register at the door between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
The Tennessee Valley Authority hosted a webinar in May to provide transparency to stakeholders and the public at-large on the status of the 2019 Integrated Resource Plan.
The 2019 IRP is expected to provide TVA direction on how to best meet future electricity demand. Building upon the work done in prior plans, TVA has started the 2019 IRP to proactively address the changing utility marketplace.
TVA says this latest IRP will explore various scenarios related to the expansion of distributed energy resources in the Tennessee Valley. TVA also is seeking to improve its understanding of the impact and benefit of system flexibility with increasing renewable and distributed resources.
During the webinar, TVA leaders discussed some of the major themes received during the public comment and scoping period which began February 15 and wrapped up on April 16.
TVA received hundreds of comments during that time frame with topics ranging from:
- Encouragement of clean energy initiatives, renewable energy, and research and development on DERs
- Call for special attention to environmental justice/affected environment analyses on impacts to limited income households
- General interest in energy efficiency measures and energy storage alternatives
- General input on modeling, metrics/calculations and evaluation criteria
- General comments on fuel diversification options
TVA will now be compiling a report summarizing the scoping input which will describe how TVA is responding to the input during the development of the IRP and the EIS. This scoping report will also detail scenarios, strategies, and energy resources being carried forward in the IRP and IRP EIS analysis. It’s important to note the scoping report is scheduled to be posted to the IRP website in early July 2018.
During the webinar, TVA also provided a schedule and timeline of future milestones regarding the 2019 IRP.
- By Summer/Fall of 2018, a series of deep evaluations and analysis work will be completed, as well as some initial modeling will be drafted.
- By Winter/Spring 2019, pending Valley-wide public meetings TVA will present its initial results and publish a draft EIS and IRP.
- By Spring/Summer 2019, public meetings will have wrapped up and TVA says it will incorporate that input into the 2019 IRP.
- By Summer 2019, a preferred plan and direction will be identified with TVA’s board approval and a final publication of the EIS and 2019 IRP will be available.
For a link to TVA’s 2019 IRP website, click here.
TAEBC members had the opportunity to have an open dialogue with the newest addition to TVA’s board, Jeff Smith.
Smith was nominated by President Donald Trump on Sept. 21, 2017, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Dec. 21, 2017. He was sworn in by U.S. District Judge Pamela L. Reeves of the Eastern District of Tennessee.
Director Smith lives in Knoxville and serves as the Executive Vice President of Operations for UT-Battelle and the Deputy for Operations at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
During the meeting, Smith discussed his leadership style was something that was passed down to him from his father by leaving things in a better condition then when you found it.
He also elaborated how when it comes to economic development, TVA has been working to recruit companies to the area by making things more simplistic. He mentioned several conversations have taken place at TVA as the energy company sees more industries moving to the area, they are brainstorming ways TVA can be involved in the process.
Jeff also seemed open to more focus groups and interactions with stakeholders that include pilot or demonstration projects with TAEBC members.
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.
(Credit: Knoxville News Sentinel)
The TVA board voted unanimously Thursday to change its rate structure, cutting its wholesale power rate by a half-cent per kilowatt-hour, and imposing a half-cent fixed fee per kilowatt-hour instead.
TVA officials say the controversial move won’t bring in more money than the current billing system, but critics denounce it as shifting more costs from big industrial customers down onto rate-paying homeowners.
TVA board members are meeting in Florence, Alabama, on Thursday.
At a 90-minute morning “listening session,” members of the public, environmental and social groups, and power industry representatives gave mostly negative comments on the proposal.
Primary reasons were greater impact on the poorest ratepayers, and the assertion that a flat fee will discourage energy efficiency.
Read the full story here.