TVA in Kentucky


Energy Sales

  • In fiscal year 2015, TVA sold more than 7.3 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity to 10 municipal and five cooperatively owned utilities that distribute TVA power in Kentucky.
  •  The local power companies provided more than 3 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity to more than 205,000 households in 28 counties in western and central Kentucky in 2015.
  • Kentucky’s local power companies served more than 44,000 commercial and industrial customers in fiscal year 2015 with sales of almost 3.9 billion kilowatt-hours. In addition, these local power companies in Kentucky sold nearly 88 million kilowatt-hours in outdoor lighting. 
  • Kentucky is home to 17 directly served customers of TVA that purchased nearly 1.4 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity.
  • TVA power revenues in Kentucky in 2015 totaled more than $659 million, or about 6.1 percent of all TVA operating revenues.

Service Area

  • Distributors of 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 7,789 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 1,042 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.
  • TVA operates a 41-kilowatt solar site at Lovers Lane soccer complex in Bowling Green.
  • TVA owns or maintains 55 substations and switchyards and 1,661 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 over 8,500 visitors during fiscal year 2015.

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 31 million tons of cargo moved through the facility in calendar year 2015.
  • 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 1.10 million kilowatt-hours in energy efficiency savings resulting from the completion of 534 eScore measures, the purchase of 12,301 bulbs through the Retail Lighting Promotion, and 455 self-audits taken online or by paper survey.


Kentucky is home to 695 TVA employees and 1,485 TVA retirees and their families.   

Tax Equivalent Payments

TVA paid over $32 million in lieu of taxes to Kentucky in 2015, 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 2015, 8,200 jobs were created and retained in Kentucky and more than $844 million was invested.

TVA Suppliers

In fiscal year 2015, TVA purchased $61 million of enrichment services, over $524 million in fossil fuels and over $23.6 million in nonfuel materials and services from Kentucky vendors.