TVA in Kentucky

Fiscal Year 2016 (October 2015 – September 2016)

Energy Sales

  • In fiscal year 2016, TVA sold approximately 7.3 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity to 10 municipals and 5 cooperatively owned utilities that distribute TVA power in Kentucky.
  • The local power companies provided more than 2.8 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity to about 205,000 households in 28 counties in western and central Kentucky in 2016.
  • Kentucky’s local power companies served more than 44,000 commercial and industrial customers in fiscal year 2016 with sales of over 4 billion kilowatt-hours. In addition, these local power companies in Kentucky sold over 101 million kilowatt-hours in outdoor lighting.
  • Kentucky is home to 17 directly served customers of TVA that purchased over 2.9 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity.
  • TVA power revenues in Kentucky in 2016 totaled more than $646 million, or about 6.1 percent of all TVA operating revenues

Service Area

  • Local power companies who distribute TVA power serve all or a portion of the following counties in south central and western Kentucky: Adair, Allen, Barren, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Fulton, Graves, Grayson, Hickman, Livingston, Logan, Lyon, Marshall, Metcalfe, Monroe, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Simpson, Todd, Trigg, Warren and Whitley.
  • The TVA service area in Kentucky covers 7,787 square miles, about 9 percent of TVA’s territory. This includes an electricity service area of 7,576 square miles and a watershed management area of 1,043 square miles.


Power Generation and Transmission

  • In Kentucky, TVA operates one hydroelectric dam (Kentucky Dam), eight combustion turbines (in Marshall County), and two coal-fired power plants (Paradise and Shawnee), providing a combined generating capacity of more than 4,520 megawatts.
  • Paradise units 1 and 2 will cease operations in spring 2017, though unit 3 will remain operational. The closing coincides with the newly-built Paradise Combined Cycle Plant becoming commercially available.
  • TVA operates a 41-kilowatt solar site at Lovers Lane soccer complex in Bowling Green.
  • TVA owns or maintains 55 substations and switchyards and 1,667 miles of transmission line in Kentucky.

Land and Water Stewardship

  • Kentucky Reservoir has a surface area of 160,300 acres and about 2,000 miles of shoreline.
  • TVA manages recreational, natural and cultural resources on more than 60,000 acres of public land around Kentucky Reservoir and partners with state, local and regional stakeholders to improve water quality, shoreline conditions, recreation and biodiversity.
  • Kentucky residents enjoy camping, fishing, boating, swimming and other recreational opportunities provided by Kentucky Reservoir, as well as economic benefits resulting from recreation and tourism.
  • The TVA visitor center at Kentucky Dam welcomed 9500 visitors during fiscal year 2016.

River Management

  • TVA maintains the structural, seismic and hydraulic integrity of Kentucky Dam, which at 8,422 feet is the longest dam on the Tennessee River.
  • TVA operates Kentucky Dam and Reservoir as part of an integrated multi-purpose reservoir system to provide numerous stakeholders a variety of benefits which can include: navigation, flood risk reduction, low-cost hydropower, water supply, water quality and recreational opportunities.
  • TVA owns Kentucky Lock, serving 35 ports and terminals. Approximately 30 million tons of cargo move through the facilities in fiscal year 2016.
  • Kentucky Dam and Reservoir are operated to reduce crests on the lower Ohio and Mississippi rivers.
  • Eight industries, two mining companies, and one town (Grand Rivers) in Kentucky draw water from Kentucky Reservoir. Water also is drawn for irrigation.

Other TVA Operations

  • Kentucky households had 1.24 million kilowatt-hours in energy efficiency savings resulting from the completion of 895 eScore measures and 481 self-audits taken online or by paper survey.


  • Kentucky is home to 651 TVA employees
  • Kentucky is home to 1,470 TVA retirees and their families.

Tax Equivalent Payments

  • TVA paid over $35 million in lieu of taxes to Kentucky in 2016, based on power sales and power property values in the state.

Economic Development

  • TVA works with 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 to prepare for economic growth. During fiscal year 2016, 4,388 jobs were created and retained in Kentucky and more than $645 million was invested.

TVA Suppliers

  • In fiscal year 2016, TVA purchased over $403 million in fossil fuels and associated services and $23.8 million in nonfuel materials and services from Kentucky vendors.