Lunch & Learn with TVA board member Jeff Smith and Jeff Lyash

Join us for a lunch and learn with TVA board member Jeff Smith and Jeff Lyash, TVA’s President and CEO!

There will be a Q&A session during the program. RSVP Here!


This event is free to TAEBC Members and $25 for TAEBC Non-Members.


When: Monday, July 15, 2019

Beginning at 11:30AM ET


Where: UT-Oak Ridge Facility

1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Suite 100

Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830


Click here for a map to the UT-Oak Ridge Facility.

Enter the facility using the side entrance with awning. Marked as “ENTRANCE” on the map.

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.

Seven new research fellows joining ORNL’s Innovation Crossroads program cohort three

(Originally published on Innovation Crossroads)

Oak Ridge National Laboratory welcomed seven technology innovators to join the third cohort of Innovation Crossroads, the Southeast’s only entrepreneurial research and development program based at a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory.

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) joined Innovation Crossroads as a program sponsor enabling a record number of innovators focused on energy-related and grid topics. Innovation Crossroads is also sponsored by DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO).

Selected through a merit-based process, these scientists and engineers will have the opportunity to advance their technologies by working with world-class science experts and unique capabilities at ORNL, such as Summit, the nation’s most powerful supercomputer; the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, DOE’s largest advanced manufacturing research center; and the Spallation Neutron Source, offering atomic-level insight into advanced materials. The innovators also will be partnered with a powerful network of mentoring organizations in the Southeast to help them develop business strategies to advance their breakthroughs to market.

The third cohort of Innovation Crossroads fellows and their projects include (video):

  • Jesse Thornburg: Learning-Based Monitoring and Control for Optimizing Commercial Refrigeration Operations
  • Alex Lewis: Microbial Electrolysis for Production of Renewable Hydrogen from Organic Waste
  • Leila Safavi-Tehrani: Advanced Production of High Purity Radioisotopes for Nuclear Medicine
  • Hicham Ghossein: Innovative Processing of Advanced Fiber Nonwoven Mats Through a Hydroentanglement System
  • Trevor McQueen: Next-Generation Sample Preparation Device for Cryo-TEM Studies
  • William Fitzhugh: Industrial Scale Production of Semiconducting Carbon-Nanotubes via Resonant-Dielectrophoresis
  • Jesse Claypoole: Advanced Multi-Spectral Light Field Imaging Sensors

Read more here.

TVA webinar presents progress and next steps for 2019 IRP

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) hosted a public webinar on June 5 to discuss updates on the 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and accompanying Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Both the IRP and EIS are being finalized and should be released June 28.

During the webinar, TVA provided an overview of comments received during the public comment period, highlights of additional computer modeling completed in response to public comments and a review of next steps to finalize the IRP recommendation. There was also a short Q&A session.

TVA released its draft 2019 IRP on Feb. 15, 2019, which initiated the public review period that concluded April 8. In April, TAEBC submitted comments to TVA.

In the webinar, TVA announced it received public comments on a variety of topics ranging from energy resource options to environmental impacts. Some of these comments include:

  • Support for distributed energy generation, demand reduction and increasing storage capability
  • Desire for increased and earlier adoption of renewable energy
  • Concern over small amount of energy efficiency in portfolios

The public comments helped inform TVA’s sensitivity analysis and are considered in the development of the IRP Recommendation. TVA also revised the EIS to address substantive comments on environmental analysis. The public comments and responses will be appended to the Final IRP/EIS.

The webinar also revealed next steps regarding the 2019 IRP:

  • TVA will host a Regional Energy Resource Council Meeting covering the 2019 IRP from June 26-27 in Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • A public listening session will be held June 26, where the public is invited to share comments as the Energy Resource Council forms their recommendations.

TVA intends to request approval of the IRP Recommendation from the Board in August 2019. Once approved, a Record of Decision will be published.

To learn more about TVA’s 2019 IRP website and to view the published webinar, follow this link.

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