(Originally published: Knoxville News Sentinel)
Tennessee Valley Authority has a new chief operating officer, chief nuclear officer, and vice president of financial operations and performance.
Mike Skaggs, formerly executive vice president for operations, is the new chief operating officer. He will oversee Power Operations, Nuclear, Transmission & Power Supply and Generation Construction, Projects & Services, according to a news release.
Timothy Rausch, former senior vice president and chief nuclear officer for Talen Energy’s Susquehanna nuclear plant, is TVA’s new chief nuclear officer and will report to Skaggs.
Skaggs’ promotion is effective immediately. Rausch will start Oct. 15, working on the transition with outgoing Chief Nuclear Officer Mike Balduzzi, who plans to retire in spring 2019, a news release said.
Thomas Rice, formerly director of Business Planning & Analysis, has been promoted to vice president of Financial Operations & Performance, effective immediately.
Read more here.
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
A panel held at the Baker Center Toyota Auditorium in Knoxville covered a variety of topics regarding electric mass transit and its potential in the United States.
Discussions ranged from technology and connectivity concerns to examining smart mobility case studies. Policy options and issues were also reviewed, as well as evaluating future visions and groundtruthing.
The two day panel, open to the public, analyzed the costs, benefits, and barriers associated with electrified transit and intelligent transportation system technologies while also addressing what local governments, utilities, and transit agencies must consider in making the switch.
With the emergence of these technologies expanding, best practices were also identified through smart mobility case studies and further analysis was conducted and discussed at what can be done at the local, state, and federal levels to provide momentum for these technologies.
“Electric Mass Transit as an Option for Urban Mobility” was jointed hosted by the Baker Center, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and the Tennessee Valley Authority.
To view the recording of the June 20 discussions, click here
To view the recording of the June 21 discussions, click here
SAVE THE DATE:
A Public Forum
Electric Mass Transit as an Option for Urban Mobility
University of Tennessee (UT) Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy
Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC)
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
When: June 20-21, 2018
Where: Toyota Auditorium
Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, Ut Knoxville
1640 Cumberland Avenue – Knoxville, Tennessee
With the emergence of electrified transit options and intelligent transportation system technologies, what are the costs, benefits, and barriers associated with these technologies that local governments, utilities, and transit agencies must consider and address? What best practices can be identified from electric mass transit and smart mobility case studies, and what can be done at the local, state, and federal levels to provide forward momentum in these areas? Are the visions of future transportation systems realistic and obtainable?
Join us for panel discussions regarding electric mass transit as an option for urban mobility on June 20-21, 2018. Our panelists will present on a variety of topics, including:
- Technology and Connectivity
- Policy Options and Issues
- Smart Mobility Case Studies
- Visions and Groundtruthing
This event is free, and lunch will be provided on both days. An evening networking reception will also be planned.
This event is sponsored by UT, TDEC, and TVA. If you have any questions, please contact TDEC OEP’s Communications Coordinator Shauna Basques at Shauna.Basques@tn.gov or 615-253-1947.
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.