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Summer rains mean lower TVA power bills

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority says an unusually wet summer has translated into lower electric bills for customers.

John McCormick, Tennessee Valley Authority’s vice president for river operations, said in a statement that the rain kept the utility’s hydroelectric dams, which provide the cheapest source of energy, working overdrive.

Scott Brooks, a Nashville-based TVA spokesman, told The Tennessean that the extra hydro power has allowed TVA to purchase less energy from more expensive sources, a pattern is expected to continue this month.

The rainfall has led to a record-setting year for TVA’s 29 hydroelectric dams, which produced more energy in 2013 than at any other time in the past eight decades.

TVA serves 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states.

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