The Tennessee Valley Authority released its long-term
Integrated Resource Plan and an associated environmental impact statement
Friday, placing a heavy emphasis on nuclear and natural gas power generation while
diminishing the role of coal.
According to a release, the federally owned corporation
seeks to become one of the country’s leading providers of low-cost and cleaner
energy by 2020. That plan envisions between 1,150 to 5,900 megawatts of new
nuclear generation between 2013 and 2019. (The completion of a new reactor under
construction at the Watts Bar nuclear plant represents the lower range of that
In what the agency describes as an intermediate step, the
plan calls for between 900 and 9,300 megawatts of new natural gas generation. New
renewable generation would range between 1,500 and 2,500 megawatts. That’s in
contrast to between 0 and 900 megawatts of new coal generation as TVA plans to
idle 2,400 to 4,700 megawatts of existing coal-fired generation capacity.
After two years of development, the plan now goes to TVA's
board of directors at their April 14 meeting in Chattanooga, Tenn.
- Download TVA's Integrated Resource Plan (.pdf)
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