Where the 2018 Candidates Stand on Energy: Democratic Nominee for Tennessee Senator Phil Bredesen

This post is the eleventh post in a series of blogs examining where 2018 candidates for state and federal offices in the Southeast stand on key energy and climate issues. To read the candidate profile for Republican Nominee for Tennessee Senator, Marsha Blackburn, click here. Note: The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy does not support or oppose candidates […]

Where the 2018 Candidates Stand on Energy: Republican Nominee for Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn

This post is the tenth post in a series of blogs examining where 2018 candidates for state and federal offices in the Southeast stand on key energy and climate issues.  To read the candidate profile for Democratic Nominee for Tennessee Senator, Phil Bredesen, click here. Note: The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy does not support or oppose candidates […]

This is how Chattanoogans gave TVA their own “Run Around”

On August 22nd I joined concerned Tennesseans in Knoxville at the TVA board meeting to voice our concerns. Customers are tired of TVA’s lack of innovation, transparency, affordability and we need answers.

Let Me See the Fee – Electric Bill Transparency

What do you see on your monthly electric bill? More importantly, what don’t you see? If you live in the Tennessee Valley and get your power from TVA, your bills have probably been going up due to rising fixed fees TVA approved for your local power company (or LPC). However, a majority of TVA ratepayers cannot […]

It’s time to Renew Tennessee!

Our communities deserve affordable, clean energy, but Tennessee is falling behind the rest of the South. Consumers’ rights to transparency and accountability are being ignored, and too many decisions are being made behind closed doors without listening to the people. That’s why we’re launching Renew Tennessee – a new campaign to Renew Tennessee’s commitment to affordable, clean energy that creates jobs, powers communities and improves lives throughout the entire Valley.

A mystery: Peaking power plants using more natural gas than ever in the Southeast

In 2016, there was an unusual spike in the operation of natural gas combustion turbine plants at several Southeastern utilities. At just 14 plants, fuel expenses increased by $210 million compared to recent years.

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.)

Safety Third: TVA’s Proposed Clinch River Small Modular Reactors (SMRs)

Please note: comments to the NRC are due July 13, 2018 – you can take action here. Honestly, my knowledge surrounding nuclear power was somewhat limited. In my Master’s program, I gained knowledge about policy issues surrounding nuclear waste storage at Yucca Mountain, a proposed federal repository; I watched, horrified, at news reports about the […]

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.

Attend Hearing on TVA’s Proposed Small Modular Reactors

TVA is pursuing an undeveloped, expensive, risky technology known as Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) at their previously abandoned Clinch River Site, near Kingston, TN. See fly-in video here showing the location. In 2016, TVA submitted an early site permit application with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for possibly 800-megawatts of new nuclear power generation. The NRC has now issued the draft environmental impact statement (EIS).