FAKE NEWS alert: “Zombie” Bellefonte reactors remain a bad bet

The infamous, “zombie” Bellefonte reactors near Scottsboro, Alabama were cancelled in 2016 by TVA after being mothballed for many decades (and cannibalized for parts used at other reactors) with billions of dollars spent/wasted. The project remains a very, very bad economic bet despite recent efforts by Franklin L. Haney’s Nuclear Development, LLC to lure Memphis Gas […]

SACE Organizers Registering Voters Across Tennessee

In order to make clean energy and environmental justice issues a top priority in the South, we have to start by boosting voter turnout among those ready to build a clean, just energy future in local and statewide elections across the region. And where better to start organizing than the state in our region that has […]

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.

Electric Vehicle Weekly News Roundup – Sept 14

Electric Vehicles Last week we highlighted an article explaining the inefficiencies of a traditional internal combustion engine. This week we bring you a contrasting graphic and information from the U.S. Department of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which demonstrates why EVs are such a better option to traditional internal combustion engines: 77%-82% of Energy Put into […]

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.

Register Now for Tennessee Valley Solar Conference

ACT NOW: EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE JULY 31 TVA is a large, mostly untapped, solar market with great opportunity for growth. Tennesseans for Solar Choice recently illuminated the embarrassingly low progress from the first half of 2018. As part of our ongoing efforts to remove barriers to clean, affordable solar energy for all, Southern Alliance […]

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 […]