TVA in Georgia

Fiscal Year 2017 (October 2016 – September 2017)

Energy Sales

  • In fiscal year 2017, TVA sold more than 3.3 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity to 2 municipal and 3 cooperatively owned utilities that distribute TVA power in northern Georgia.
  • The local power companies sold over 1.86 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity to 133,690 households in 12 Georgia counties in 2017
  • In 2017, local power companies distributed TVA power to over 24,900 commercial and industrial customers with sales of over 1.26 billion kilowatt-hours. In addition, distributors in Georgia sold more than 31 million kilowatt-hours to outdoor lighting customers.
  • TVA power revenues from local power company purchases in Georgia totaled more than $254 million in 2017, or about 4 percent of all TVA operating revenues.

Service Area

  • The Georgia counties served by TVA power are: Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Murray, Towns, Union, Walker and Whitfield.
  • The TVA service area in Georgia covers about 2,662 square miles, about 3 percent of TVA’s territory. This includes an electricity service area of 2,377 square miles and a watershed management area of 1,497 square miles.

Power Generation and Transmission

  • In Georgia, TVA owns and operates two hydroelectric dams with a combined generation capacity of 30 megawatts. The dams are Blue Ridge in Fannin County and Nottely in Union County.
  • TVA owns or maintains 22 substations and switchyards and 449 miles of transmission line in Georgia.

Land and Water Stewardship

  • Blue Ridge and Nottely reservoirs, as well as a portion of Chatuge Reservoir, are located among the scenic mountains of Georgia and have a combined 11,000 surface acres and 250 miles of shoreline.
  • Georgia residents enjoy camping, fishing, boating, swimming and other recreational opportunities provided by these reservoirs, as well as economic benefits resulting from recreation and tourism. Both Blue Ridge and Nottely have a day-use recreation area.  TVA also maintains four stream access sites.
  • TVA manages recreational, natural and cultural resources on more than 1,700 acres of public land around these reservoirs and partners with state, local and regional stakeholders to improve water quality, shoreline conditions, recreation and biodiversity in these reservoirs and their tributaries

River Management

  • TVA maintains the structural, seismic and hydraulic integrity of two multipurpose dams in Georgia: Blue Ridge and Nottely.
  • TVA operates the dams and reservoirs in Georgia as part of an integrated multi-purpose reservoir system to provide numerous stakeholders a variety of benefits which can include: navigation, flood risk reductions, low-cost hydropower, water supply, water quality, and recreational opportunities. 
  • Eight municipalities and two industries in Georgia draw water from the Tennessee River system. Water also is drawn for irrigation.

Other TVA Operations

  • Georgia households had approximately 1.89 million kilowatt-hours of electric energy efficiency savings from the completion of 590 eScores, 584 self-audits and 66 new homes. In addition, 23 new home builders were incentivized for installing Smart Electric Technologies.


  • Georgia is home to 305 TVA employees
  • Georgia is home to 928 TVA retirees and their families.

Tax Equivalent Payments

  • TVA paid $8.4 million in lieu of taxes to Georgia in 2017, based on power sales and power property values in the state.

Economic Development

  • TVA works local power companies, directly served customers and regional, state and community organizations to create economic development opportunities in the TVA region. Economic development focuses on attracting and retaining jobs, capital investment and serving and supporting communities as they prepare for economic growth. During fiscal year 2017, approximately 1,170 jobs were created and retained in Georgia and $174 million was invested.

TVA Suppliers

  • In fiscal year 2017, TVA purchased over $580 million in nonfuel materials and services from suppliers across the state of Georgia.

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