October 2009

Across TVA

Serious about energy-efficiency

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Consumer Innovations Program Manager Bruce Rogers (left) and Project Manager David Dinse show the solar panels on one of the three homes TVA has leased in Knoxville’s Campbell Creek Subdivision for an energy-efficiency study. The houses include a newly built home that meets Energy Star Performance standards; a home modified with improvements that could easily be made to existing homes for increased efficiency; and one built from the ground up to be a “near-zero energy home.” The research project will enable TVA and its partners — Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Electric Power Research Institute — to evaluate the effectiveness of residential construction and efficiency technologies in a controlled environment. More information on this project is available at www.tva.com/campbellcreekresearchhomes.

TVA becomes a PaYS partner

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TVA Human Resources Vice President Phil Reynolds (left) and U.S. Army Capt. Jason Deel display the certificate of agreement between the Army and TVA to promote potential job opportunities for young people throughout the Tennessee Valley. The Aug. 26 signing ceremony cemented the new relationship between the Army and TVA in the Army’s Partnership for Youth Success, or PaYS, program. PaYS partnerships involve an agreement between the Army and participating companies whereby a business will offer a soldier an interview about possible employment once the soldier leaves active duty with an honorable discharge. TVA is among 250 local and national firms that participate in this partnership. More information about the Army PaYS program can be found online at www.armypays.com.

 

How do you move a 200-ton transformer?

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Very slowly. Workers from Edwards Moving & Rigging Inc. of Townsend, Tenn., move the first of four large transformers July 17 from Murfreesboro to its home at TVA’s new 500-kilovolt Rutherford Substation site in Middle Tennessee. The 200-ton transformers, provided by ABB of Canada, were shipped by rail from their production site in Quebec to Murfreesboro. The transformers were moved on four different days between July and September. Once installed, the transformers will be used to decrease the electricity from 500 kilovolts to 161 kilovolts, then transport it on TVA’s 161-kV transmission system to distributors of TVA power and direct-served customers.