TVA Announces Resource Plan With as Much as 5,900 Megawatts of New Nuclear Generation

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.

Watts Bar nuclear plant Photo: TVAAccording 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 estimate.)

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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