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October TVA finished the construction of the Southeasts first
wind-turbine farm, in Anderson County, Tennessee, and the 23-meter-long
(75-foot) blades began to spin. Together
the three turbines will produce some 6 million kilowatt-hours of pollutant-free
electricity each yearenough to supply more than 400 typical Valley
The wind farm
is one of several facilities generating electricity for TVAs Green
Power Switch, the renewable-energy initiative that started as a market
test in 2000. Besides using wind as a source of power, Green Power Switch
produces cleaner, greener energy from sunlight and will add landfill
gas to its list of energy sources in the future.
Between April and
December of last year, nearly 2,000 Valley consumers made the Green
Power Switch, which adds a minimal surcharge to their utility bills.
Signing up just seemed like such a natural thing to do,
said Gibson County, Tennessee, commissioner Sandy Moss, who was among
the first residential customers in her area to enroll.
Press called the initiatives inception one of the top Tennessee
business stories of 2000. But the really big news about this innovative
program is that businesses accounted for more than 55 percent of all
Green Power Switch sales, a figure that far exceeded TVAs first-year
goal of 10 percent. For more information, see the
Green Power Switch home page.
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