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TVA Plans to Invest $15 Billion Over the Next Three Years to Meet Region’s Growth
• $25 billion invested in TVA’s existing system and new generation in the past 10 years.
• Investing $100 million in energy efficiency and demand response programs to help lower energy bills and offset 30% of new load growth in the next 10 years.
• Building about 3,800 megawatts of new generation by 2024 to meet growing demand.
• Adding 10,000 megawatts of solar energy by 2035.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors took decisive action on Thursday to approve $15 billion in investments over the next three years to build additional generation and upgrade the existing system to ensure the region continues to benefit from affordable, reliable power. TVA is focused on meeting growing electricity demand while maintaining energy security and moving to a net-zero carbon future.
“It took us 90 years to build our current power system which positively changed the lives of millions,” said TVA President and CEO Jeff Lyash. “In the next 30 years, we will have to double or triple the current systems at a speed unlike any other time in TVA history to ensure we can continue to provide affordable, reliable, resilient and sustainable energy to fuel the region’s economic growth.”
Changing Energy Landscape – Growth
In 1950, about 2% of the energy used in the United States came from electricity. Today, it’s around 22% and growing.
During the decade before COVID, TVA’s seven-state region saw almost no electric load growth. Post-COVID, the region has experienced tremendous economic growth, fueled by several factors — including TVA’s clean, affordable electricity. TVA’s base power rates have remained flat during these four years while significant investments were made in our power system.
In addition, the area’s population is growing at about three times the national average. “The direction and investments TVA is making now are rooted in the realities of the energy demand around us," said Lyash.
To ensure the region has the energy it needs to meet growing demand and economic development, the TVA Board unanimously approved a 4.5% increase in the effective rate. That translates to an average increase of about $3.50 on a typical residential energy bill each month.
The need for funding to build new generation is not unique to TVA. Even with a rate adjustment, TVA’s energy costs remain lower than 70% of the nation’s top 100 utilities. For comparison, surrounding peer utilities requested or received $6.6 billion in rate increases from February 2022 through December 2023.
“TVA is not immune to cost increase, inflation and supply chain challenges,” said Lyash. “We worked to minimize any impact on families while balancing our region’s growing energy needs, and these funds will allow us to invest in new capacity as well as invest in the reliability of our current assets.”
Over the past 10 years, TVA has invested $25 billion in existing and new generation. Currently, TVA is adding 3,800 megawatts of new generation. Three new flexible, dispatchable units at Colbert came online in July under budget and ahead of schedule.
An additional 1,250 megawatts are scheduled to come online in 2023 and 2024 at Paradise and Johnsonville. TVA is aggressively working to add more than 10,000 megawatts of new solar energy by 2035 and is adding its first battery storage facility in Vonore, Tennessee.
In addition, TVA is working to offset approximately 30% of new load growth in the next 10 years through energy efficiency and demand response programs. TVA will invest $100 million in energy efficiency and demand response programs to accomplish this, continuing to help lower energy bills.
Over the next three years alone, TVA is planning to invest $15 billion in our system.
“Our region’s future is bright,” Lyash said. “The challenge is finding the right balance in changing conditions that are fiscally responsible while ensuring that we can provide the power you need over the next 30 years.”
Other Board Action
• Approved TVA’s Fiscal Year 2024 budget.
• Rescinded the Declaration of Surplus for the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant site.
TVA places a high priority on transparency. Learn more about TVA’s diversity and inclusion efforts, sustainability, strategic planning, financial health, and new nuclear program at tva.com/about-tva/reports.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is the nation’s largest public power supplier, delivering energy to 10 million people across seven southeastern states. TVA was established 90 years ago to serve this region and the nation by developing innovative solutions to solve complex challenges. TVA’s unique mission focuses on energy, environmental stewardship, and economic development. With one of the largest, most diverse, and cleanest energy systems – including nuclear, hydro, solar, gas, and advanced technologies – TVA is a leader in our nation’s drive toward a clean energy future.
TVA is a corporate agency of the United States, receiving no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation, and land management for the Tennessee River system, and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.
(Distributed: August 24, 2023)