Decisions, Decisions at TVA’s Shawnee Coal Plant

As 2014 draws to a close, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has been busy working on making an important decision at its Shawnee coal plant in Paducah, KY.  December 9th marked the end of the public comment period for TVA’s draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to determine whether or not it should retire or retrofit two coal [...]

Community Solar Projects Expand Access to Clean, Affordable Energy in the Tennessee Valley and Across the Southeast

Solar fever is sweeping the nation, and the Southeast is no exception. Every year, more and more people are taking advantage of the most abundant energy resource on Earth by installing solar photovoltaic panels on their roofs. The price of solar panels has dropped dramatically in recent years, and now is a great time to [...]

U.S. Senate Confirms TVA Board Nominees

The Senate voted tonight to confirm the nominations of Virginia Tyler Lodge and Ronald Anderson Walter to serve on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The nomination of Ms. Lodge was approved by an 86-to-12 vote, following a 63-to-32 vote to end debate on her nomination earlier in the day. Mr. [...]

Buffalo Mountain Wind Energy Center: Ten Years of Clean, Homegrown Energy!

Commissioned in 2004, Invenergy’s Buffalo Mountain Wind Energy Center (“Buffalo Mountain”) is now celebrating its tenth year in operation.

TVA’s Watts Bar — the last old reactor of the 20th Century

At the end of October, I was able to attend a briefing of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Commissioners on the project status of TVA’s Watts Bar 2, which has been under construction since 1973 and was most recently “revived” in 2007. Amazingly, TVA and the nuclear industry is touting this as the first [...]

Hundreds Gather in Memphis to Discuss Environmental Justice Issues

This blog was co-authored by Sandra Upchurch, SACE’s Memphis Energy Organizer. As fall descended on Memphis, over 250 people attended the Sierra Club’s 13th Annual Grassroots Community Conference. This was the first year the conference was hosted by the University of Memphis, which joined Sierra Club and other community groups in discussing this year’s conference [...]

Kentucky Group Studies Health Effects of Aging TVA Coal Plant

This guest blog was written by Deborah Payne, MPH, Health Coordinator at the Kentucky Environmental Foundation (KEF). For more detail on KEF’s Shawnee Health Impacts Assessment, please register and attend a free webinar on November 20, 2014 at 11am ET. Download the full report here. In 1957, the price of gas was just 24 cents a gallon, [...]

Uniontown, AL Prepares to Demand Justice on Coal Ash

This guest post is written by Debra Mayfield and was originally published on Earthjustice’s blog on August 19, 2014. Earlier this month, Marianne Engelman Lado from the Northeast office and I travelled back to Uniontown, Alabama, a small, quiet, predominantly African American town that received over 4 million cubic yards of poisonous coal ash from the [...]

TVA Board Approves Retirement of Allen Coal Plant in Memphis

Today the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Board of Directors voted unanimously to retire all three coal-fired units of the Allen Fossil Plant (990 MW) in Memphis and approved replacement with a new 1,000 MW natural gas combined cycle (NGCC) plant. TVA plans to build the new 1,000 MW NGCC plant directly across from the current [...]

TVA should expand investment in solar

This post, by Anne Davis of the Southern Environmental Law Center and Stephen Smith of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, was originally a Guest Column in Knoxville News-Sentinel on Saturday, August 9, 2014 and can be viewed here. The Tennessee Valley Authority has a golden opportunity this month, as it sets its budget for [...]