TVA offers green power, plans to implement conservation
by Alan Reed
Jul 02, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Consumers find rising energy costs every day at the gas pump with financial experts predicting higher costs still to come. Electricity producers feel the cost of rising fuel prices as well. This year, Pennyrile Electric raised rates by seven percent. The Cadiz Record asked Pennyrile Spokesman Brent Gilkey and TVA Spokesman Todd Thompson about programs for fossil fuel replacement and renewable energy.

“Right now, the TVA and our distributors operate 18 solar sites that are actually generating power,” said Thompson. “We have the largest wind farm in the Southeastern United States with 18 turbines on top of Buffalo Mountain in Anderson County Tennessee.”

To watch the solar sites in action, Thompson said that anyone can go to “Customers can see what the solar site is doing right now, today. It’s a neat site.”

Thompson said that the drive for more renewable fuels has led the TVA to place a tarp over the Memphis wastewater facility to trap methane gas. “We pipe it across the road to the Allen Fossil Fuel Plant, and we are able to offset 20,000 tons of coal.”

Gilkey said that Pennyrile allows customers to purchase green power blocks to offset fossil fuel consumption. Thompson said that the program allows a customer to purchase a block for $4 to offset 150 kilowatt hours of fossil fuel consumption. “It’s a voluntary program. Customers can buy enough to offset their entire load.”

“Anyone interested in signing up for green power should go to to sign up. There is a link on the homepage with the green power switch logo.”

The TVA plans to increase nuclear power output to meet increased demands and eliminate the carbon footprint of fossil fuel power generation. Thompson said that the TVA recently restarted the Brown’s Ferry Reactor to create 1,250 megawatts. He said that the TVA has applied for a permit through the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee to finish construction of a second reactor at the Watts’ Bar Power Plant in Tennessee. He said that plans for another reactor are in the works, but could take 10 years to see approval granted and for construction to culminate.

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