TVA Expanding Renewable Portfolio
The Tennessee Valley Authority is adding 1,325 megawatts of wind energy to its renewable portfolio. A total of eight contracts will provide enough energy to serve about 335,000 average size homes in the TVA service area.
The first of these new contracts began providing 115 megawatts of wind energy from a wind farm in Iowa to the TVA region in 2010. Additional contracts will supply wind from Iowa, Kansas, North and South Dakota and Illinois in 2012. These deliveries are subject to applicable environmental requirements and firm transmission paths being secured. These purchases were all a result of a request for proposals that TVA issued in December 2008.
“These contracts affirm TVA’s commitment to providing affordable, reliable electric power at the lowest possible cost,” said TVA Senior Vice President John Trawick. “Wind energy is an increasingly valuable part of our generation portfolio.”
TVA’s current renewable energy portfolio, excluding recent wind contracts, includes 3,889 megawatts from hydro, wind, solar and methane sources in the Valley. In addition, TVA’s nuclear plants contribute 6,900 megawatts of low-or-no-emission electricity to the power grid.