TVA in Kentucky

Fiscal Year 2017 (October 2016 – September 2017)

Energy Sales

  • In fiscal year 2017, TVA sold approximately 1 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity to 10 municipal and 5 cooperatively owned utilities that distribute TVA power in Kentucky.
  • The local power companies provided more than 2.74 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity to 207,817 households in 28 counties in western and central Kentucky in 2017.
  • Kentucky’s local power companies served 45,480 commercial and industrial customers in fiscal year 2017 with sales of over 4.11 billion kilowatt-hours. In addition, these local power companies in Kentucky sold over 83 million kilowatt-hours in outdoor lighting.
  • Kentucky is home to 17 directly served customers of TVA that purchased approximately 3 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity.
  • TVA power revenues in Kentucky in 2017 totaled more than $669 million, or about 3 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), two coal-fired power plants (Shawnee and Paradise) and one combined cycle gas plant (Paradise).
  • TVA operates a 41-kilowatt solar site at Lovers Lane soccer complex in Bowling Green.
  • TVA owns or maintains 57 substations and switchyards and 1,668 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 hosted 31,000 visitors in 2017.

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 27 million tons of cargo moved through the facilities in fiscal year 2017. Kentucky Dam and Reservoir are operated to reduce crests on the lower Ohio and Mississippi rivers.
  • Six industries in Kentucky draw water from the Tennessee River system. Water also is drawn for irrigation.

Other TVA Operations

  • Kentucky households had approximately 1.51 million kilowatt-hours of electric energy efficiency savings from the completion of 598 eScores, 348 self-audits and 290 new homes. In addition, 10 new home builders were incentivized for installing Smart Electric Technologies.


  • Kentucky is home to 597 TVA employees
  • Kentucky is home to 1,461 TVA retirees and their families.

Tax Equivalent Payments

  • TVA paid $34.4 million in lieu of taxes to Kentucky in 2017, 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 as they prepare for economic growth. During fiscal year 2017, 6,000 jobs were created and retained in Kentucky and more than $1.1 billion was invested.

TVA Suppliers

  • In fiscal year 2017, TVA purchased over $307.7 million in fossil fuels and associated services and over $441 million in nonfuel materials and services from suppliers across the state of Kentucky.

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