As expected, TVA utilities respond to the Grid Access Charge with increased fixed fees

TVA utilities are responding to TVA’s rate structure change by increasing fixed fees for residential and small commercial customers. This runs contrary to TVA’s claims that these customers would see little to no impact on their bills. However, this is the simplest and least-risky for Local Power Companies (LPCs) to pass through TVA’s new Grid Access Charge (GAC) through to their customers. (LPCs are the utilities that supply power to the residential and small commercial customers across TVA’s system and are required to purchase all their power from TVA at wholesale rates.)

My Statement to the TVA Board on Major Rate Change Approved May 10, 2018

Last Friday, I made the trip to Muscle Shoals, Alabama in order to publicly deliver my comments to the TVA board meeting before their planned vote on their rate restructuring policy, which included a never before implemented mandatory fee. This decision comes on the heels of continued distrust and public outcry over TVA executives’ ongoing lack of transparency, unjustified spending on luxury air travel, and out of touch “leadership” of the people of the Tennessee Valley.

Is TVA ignoring how a proposed new fee could put vulnerable customers at risk?

SACE has already revealed how TVA’s existing mandatory fees favor industrial customer at the expense of residents. Now, a new policy change could make this problem even worse. TVA is proposing a grid access charge that would disproportionately harm low-income households. Adding this charge to the rate structure could worsen income inequality in the Valley by making […]

SunBlockers: “Solar in the Southeast” Annual Report blog series (part 5 of 5)

This is the final installment in a five-part series about the SACE “Solar in the Southeast” 2017 Annual Report. To view other blogs in this series, click here. SunBlockers – Not What The Doctor Ordered Part 3 of this series focused on the leaders. Today, we throw some shade at the opposite end of the spectrum – […]

TVA’s Extravagant Executive Toys at Your Expense

Just when you thought the excessive executive compensation was bad, it appears that the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) CEO Bill Johnson, already the highest paid federal employee in the entire country taking home over $6.5 in total compensation in 2017, spent the last few years on a spending spree buying new corporate jets, airplanes and a luxury helicopter. Over the past two and a half years it looks like the grand total of the spending spree comes in at about $40,000,000.

Chattanoogans Ask TVA for Help With Energy Efficiency

This blog is the third in a series SACE is publishing on recent energy efficiency advocacy meetings between Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and community members across the Tennessee Valley. The first blog, focusing on TVA customers in rural East Tennessee, can be found here, and the second blog, focusing on customers in Memphis, can be […]

TVA Undermines Distributed Solar and Disregards Its Own Stakeholder Process

Over the past year and a half, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) worked with stakeholders to study the value of rooftop solar systems. On October 20, TVA published the result, “Distributed Generation – Integrated Value (DG-IV): A Methodology to Value DG on the Grid.” TVA’s study did partly accomplish one objective: determining numerical values to quantify […]