TVA in Mississippi

Fiscal Year 2017 (October 2016 – September 2017)

Energy Sales

  • In fiscal year 2017, TVA sold over 3 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity to 14 municipal and 14 cooperatively owned utilities that distribute TVA power in Mississippi.
  • These local utilities are located in 36 Mississippi counties and served more than 343,000 households with sales of 73 billion kilowatt-hours in 2017.
  • Local power companies distributed TVA power to over 85,000 commercial and industrial customers in Mississippi, with sales of over 8 billion kilowatt-hours. Additionally, these local power companies in Mississippi sold approximately 218 million kilowatt-hours to outdoor lighting customers.
  • Mississippi is home to 8 directly served customers of TVA that purchased over 45 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2017
  • TVA’s power revenues in Mississippi totaled to more than $1 billion in fiscal year 2017, or about 6 percent of all TVA operating revenues.

Service Area

  • Municipal and cooperatively owned utilities sell TVA electricity in the Mississippi counties of Alcorn, Attala, Benton, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clay, De Soto, Grenada, Itawamba, Kemper, Lafayette, Leake, Lee, Lowndes, Marshall, Monroe, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Panola, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Quitman, Rankin, Scott, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Tunica, Union, Webster, Winston and Yalobusha.
  • The TVA service area in Mississippi covers 15,553 square miles, including 421 square miles of watershed management. This represents about 18 percent of TVA’s territory and about a third of Mississippi.

Power Generation and Transmission

  • TVA has five combustion turbine sites in Mississippi. The Ackerman, Caledonia, Magnolia and Southaven facilities have combined cycle combustion turbines. At the fourth site, Kemper, is a simple cycle combustion turbine produces power. Ackerman was purchased in April of 2015 and has a generating capacity of 700 megawatts. Magnolia is a three-unit plant with a capacity of 968 megawatts, which makes it TVA’s largest combined cycle plant. Caledonia and Southaven each have three units that can generate more than 800 megawatts of peaking power per site. Kemper has four units with a total generating capacity of 340 megawatts.
  • TVA operates two solar facilities in Mississippi, a 23-kilowatt site on the Oxford campus of the University of Mississippi and a 17-kilowatt site at Mississippi State University in Starkville.
  • TVA owns or maintains 81 substations and switchyards and 2,074 miles of transmission line in Mississippi.

 Land and Water Stewardship

  • Part of Pickwick Reservoir, including 90 miles of public shoreline, is located in the northeastern portion of Mississippi and provides camping, fishing, boating, swimming and other recreational opportunities. TVA maintains two stream access sites in the state.
  • TVA manages recreational, natural and cultural resources on more than 1,700 acres of public land in Mississippi and partners with state, local and regional stakeholders to improve water quality, shoreline conditions, recreation and biodiversity.

River Management

  • About 200 million gallons of water per day are diverted from the Tennessee River to the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway to help support navigation and recreation, as well as protect aquatic habitat in Mississippi.
  • TVA operates Pickwick 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.
  • Two municipalities in Mississippi draw water from the Tennessee River System. Water also is drawn for irrigation.

Other TVA Operations

  • Mississippi households had approximately 1.79 million kilowatt-hours of electric energy efficiency savings from the completion of 573 eScores, 945 self-audits and 16 new homes.


  • There are 246 TVA employees living in Mississippi
  • Mississippi is home to 386 TVA retirees and their families.

Tax Equivalent Payments

  • TVA paid $38.6 million in lieu of taxes to Mississippi 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, 6,870 jobs were created or retained in Mississippi and $520 million was invested.

TVA Suppliers

  • In fiscal year 2017, TVA purchased over $53 million in nonfuel materials and services from suppliers across the state of Mississippi.

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