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 tva.com/irp.

Environmental Justice: The Pursuit of Energy Dominance & a Resilient Appalachia Webinar

With some of the highest poverty rates in the country, Appalachian communities stand at a post-coal crossroads between potential preeminence in the region’s energy supply and building resilient economies. The disparity of land ownership, long-lasting public health inequities, and unequal access to infrastructure (especially hospitals and highways) have all resulted in distinct environmental justice obstacles for communities throughout Appalachia.

Presently, only 2% of the Appalachian workforce is employed by the coal industry, and many have called for the emergence of new economic developments for greater prosperity. Many public interest groups advocate for an economic transition to foster “green collar” jobs as a major solution to the unemployment gap, and one that would train workers in renewable energy systems. How to catalyze this transition, however, remains uncertain. Competing with renewables is the natural gas industry transforming shale deposits into fuel with concerns that this approach, while offering short-term economic gains, may just reaffirm Appalachia’s historic fossil fuel dependency and lead to environmental problems. With uncertain paths to development and resilience, Appalachia’s fate demonstrates the complexity of how to navigate the intricate nexus of economic insecurity, inequality, and resource extraction in 21st century America.

Join ELI and our expert panelists to explore the potential of green energy innovation for fostering environmental justice and resilient economies in Appalachian communities.

For more information, go to this page on Environmental Law Institute‘s website.

  • For webinar/telecomREGISTER HERE.  Webinar information will be emailed one business day prior to the event. If you are unsure if you can access the webinar via the GoToMeeting platform, please go HERE to view system requirements prior to registering.

Panelists:
James McElfish Jr.
, Director of Sustainable Use of Land Program, Environmental Law Institute, Moderator
Kate Boyle, Deputy Executive Director, Appalachian Voices
Emily Collins, Executive Director & Managing Attorney, Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services
Jillian C. Kirn, Associate, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Cortney Piper, Co-Founder & Vice President, TN Advanced Energy Business Council and President, Piper Communications LLC
Mary Shoemaker, State Policy Analyst, The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

TDEC Green Star Partnership Webinar

The Tennessee Green Star Partnership (TGSP) is TDEC’s environmental leadership program that seeks to recognize Tennessee Industries that are committed to sustainable practices and continuous improvement throughout their entire operation.

The Tennessee Green Star Partnership is a voluntary program for manufacturers located within Tennessee. Click here for more information.

The webinar will be June 13, 2018. The topic is to be determined.

 

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.