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Saturday, April 11, 2015

TVA Integrated Resource Plan Presentation at Huntsville, Alabama on April 9, 2015

 TVA’s Draft 2015 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and the associated Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) are studies that take a long-term look at ways that TVA can meet future demand for electricity...  http://www.tva.gov/environment/reports/irp/

Ghosts of Bellefonte (photo by G.Morgan)

"TVA's draft 20-year plan for electricity generation anticipates more reliance on natural gas and renewable energy but no current scenario projects the utility completing work on the Bellefonte nuclear plant site near Scottsboro...Bellefonte got new life in 2011, when TVA's board voted to support a $6 billion effort to complete a reactor at the plant. But that effort was effectively halted in 2012 due to slowing power demand. TVA has seen its electricity sales flatten, reducing the need to add new baseload generating capacity, officials said last night."

TVA is deceitful in their plan - "TVA characterizes the energy efficiency results in the draft IRP as an unprecedented commitment to energy efficiency. Not only is this description misguided, it also disregards TVA’s unfulfilled commitment to energy efficiency in the 2011 IRP - when TVA promised to become a “regional leader in energy efficiency...The draft 2015 IRP firmly caps the growth of energy efficiency programs — they cannot catch up with the 2011 IRP goals until at least 2025.  This leaves TVA behind regional energy efficiency leaders and well behind national best practices." http://blog.cleanenergy.org/2015/03/24/tva-2015-draft-irp-views-clean-energy-through-a-blurred-lens/

TVA has also reduced their Energy Efficiency (EE) Budget by 25%. It is disturbing that TVA has no problem in misleading the public. It is one thing to talk about Energy Efficiency, it is another to implement Energy Efficiency as an energy generator. TVA talks the talk, but they do not walk the walk as to Energy Efficiency implementation. 

It is BREDL/BEST/MATRR members position that TVA does not implement Energy Efficiency at higher levels because this would save rate payers money, thus reducing income for the TVA. Less income for the TVA equals less Executive Bonuses. When TVA was asked if the Executive Bonus structure was a reason for a lack of Energy Efficiency being implemented they did not directly answer the question; first presenter on the citizen comments on Part 2 of the videos below. 

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy chart, 

2015 Integrated Resource Plan Draft Report (PDF 4 mb)
2015 Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (PDF 6.7 mb)
Notice of Intent (PDF, 200 kb)
Scoping Meeting presentation - October 24, 2013 (PDF)
2015 Integrated Resource Plan Project Quarterly Update November 3, 2014

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) - "TVA should be pursuing the full 14,400 GWh of energy efficiency, and targeting even higher levels may further increase benefits to TVA ratepayers."

VIDEO Presentation of the IRP in Huntsville, Alabama, Part 1 and Part 2

TVA Safety Moment Video

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