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TVA implodes 500-foot stacks at idled Alabama coal plant

STEVENSON, Ala. — Workers have used explosives to implode a pair of 500-foot-tall (152-meter-tall) stacks at an idled Tennessee Valley Authority coal plant in Alabama. The federal utility released video Friday of blasts that took down the massive structures at the old Widows Creek Fossil Plant near Stevenson. Explosives also demolished two boilers at the old generating station, which is ...

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Audit: Federal utility execs overspent on travel expenses

An audit has found instances in which executives for the nation’s largest public utility overspent on travel. The inspector general’s report Wednesday audited about $1.8 million worth of Tennessee Valley Authority executive travel expenses from October 2016 through July 2018. The report cites instances in which executives didn’t comply with federal travel regulation and TVA policies, including overpaid per diems; ...

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TVA finds route for power line from Mississippi to Tennessee

The Tennessee Valley Authority says it has identified a route for a new transmission line that would send power from Mississippi to Tennessee. TVA said Monday that the proposed power line would begin at the existing Allen Fossil Plant in Horn Lake, near the Tennessee and Mississippi line. The line would extend to a substation in Memphis. The utility said ...

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Tennessee Valley Authority envisions no major new plants

The Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors has approved a 20-year plan that includes no new major generating plants. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the plan approved last week envisions getting more power out of existing nuclear, gas and hydroelectric units. It also includes more solar, backed up by improved energy storage and other new technologies. TVA will also ...

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Federal utility head says no need to boost rates

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The president of the nation’s largest public utility says he will recommend suspending a plan to boost electric rates next year. Tennessee Valley Authority President Jeff Lyash told the Chattanooga Times Free Press in an interview last week that the federal utility has improved its balance sheet over the past few years and with operational improvements, it ...

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Supreme Court: Tennessee Valley Authority can be sued

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled the Tennessee Valley Authority can be sued over its commercial activity. But it left a lower court to decide whether the case of an Alabama man injured by a power line can proceed. The Monday decision comes in the case of Gary Thacker, who was boating in the Tennessee River in 2013 when he ...

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TVA looks to expand diversity of supplier base

At the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Sixth Annual Supplier Diversity Summit on Tuesday, nearly 60 small businesses learned more about TVA’s contracting process and how to do business with the federally owned utility. And there is plenty of business to be had with TVA, which spent more than $2.7 billion last fiscal year. For the second consecutive year, TVA spent more ...

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Study: Federal utility shifts costs to residential customers

A study says the nation’s largest public utility has given large businesses breaks on electric rates over six years while residential customers’ rates increased. The Synapse Energy Economics Inc. study says the Tennessee Valley Authority’s industrial and direct-serve customers have received almost a 20 percent rate cut from 2011 to 2016, while residential customer rates increased 5 percent. The report ...

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New TVA chair hopes to keep trajectory as Trump fills slots

The new Tennessee Valley Authority board chairwoman says she hopes the federal utility will maintain its trajectory, including efforts to reduce airborne carbon pollution, with President Donald Trump having the chance to pick a new board majority by the spring. Lynn Evans, the first woman and first African-American to chair the board, told reporters in a conference call Friday that ...

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Trump’s picks for TVA board could reshape federal agency

Within the next five months, President-elect Donald Trump could appoint a majority of the board for the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation’s largest government-owned utility. Three Democratic members of the board, including Chairman Joe Ritch, are leaving the board Tuesday after the Republican-controlled Senate failed last year to confirm President Barack Obama’s reappointment of the three directors, the Chattanooga Times ...

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