Environmental Reviews

TVA conducts environmental reviews in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, which requires federal agencies to consider the effects of their proposed projects on the human and natural environment before final decisions are made. These environmental reviews under NEPA typically also include assessments that facilitate compliance with other environmental review requirements such as those under the National Historic Preservation Act and the Endangered Species Act

Programs, Plans and Policies
Power Generation – Coal and Gas
Power Generation – Nuclear
Power Generation – Solar and Other Renewables
Economic Development
Land, Facilities and Permitting
River System Operations
Transmission
Natural Resources Management

Open for Public Comment

Flexibility Proposal

On June 22, 2020, TVA completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) and issued a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) addressing its proposal to provide flexible power generation options to its local power company customers that have entered into Long-Term Partnership Agreements with TVA.

The Long-Term Partnership Agreement, first offered in August 2019, includes provision for those local power companies who adopt the agreement to meet a portion of their power needs through their own generating sources.  As of June 2020, 140 of the local power companies served by TVA have adopted this Agreement.

In February 2020, the TVA Board of Directors approved a set of principles to guide local power companies interested in adding flexible generation, pending completion of appropriate environmental review in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The approved principles resulted from structured engagement with local power companies and reflect their feedback to ensure the outcome provides a viable solution to their needs.

In April 2020, TVA issued a draft EA for public review and comment. The draft EA evaluated the potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts of two alternatives, taking no action and implementing the power supply flexibility option.  TVA received 12 comment submissions from the public during the review period and considered the input in completing the EA.  The final EA includes responses to the public comments in an appendix.  

Related Documents:

Final Environmental Assessment

Finding of No Significant Impact

Public Comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment

Draft Environmental Assessment

Power Supply Flexibility Board Resolution (PDF)

Long Term Partnership Board Resolution (PDF)

Submitted Questions and TVA Answers (PDF)

TVA Board Meeting Presentation (August 22, 2019) (PDF)

TVA Board Meeting Minutes (August 22, 2019) (PDF)

TVA Presentation to Valley Partners (November 2019)

TVA SEC 10-Q Report (December 31, 2019) (PDF)

TVA Board Meeting Presentation (February 13, 2020) (PDF)

Contact

More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:

Matthew Higdon
NEPA Specialist
mshigdon@tva.gov
865-632-8051
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D
Knoxville, TN 37902

Lisa Haislip
Program Manager
lahaislip@tva.gov
423-751-4821
1101 Market Street, BR 5-B
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Programs, Plans and Policies

Flexibility Proposal

On June 22, 2020, TVA completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) and issued a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) addressing its proposal to provide flexible power generation options to its local power company customers that have entered into Long-Term Partnership Agreements with TVA.

The Long-Term Partnership Agreement, first offered in August 2019, includes provision for those local power companies who adopt the agreement to meet a portion of their power needs through their own generating sources.  As of June 2020, 140 of the local power companies served by TVA have adopted this Agreement.

In February 2020, the TVA Board of Directors approved a set of principles to guide local power companies interested in adding flexible generation, pending completion of appropriate environmental review in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The approved principles resulted from structured engagement with local power companies and reflect their feedback to ensure the outcome provides a viable solution to their needs.

In April 2020, TVA issued a draft EA for public review and comment. The draft EA evaluated the potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts of two alternatives, taking no action and implementing the power supply flexibility option.  TVA received 12 comment submissions from the public during the review period and considered the input in completing the EA.  The final EA includes responses to the public comments in an appendix.  

Related Documents:

Final Environmental Assessment

Finding of No Significant Impact

Public Comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment

Draft Environmental Assessment

Power Supply Flexibility Board Resolution (PDF)

Long Term Partnership Board Resolution (PDF)

Submitted Questions and TVA Answers (PDF)

TVA Board Meeting Presentation (August 22, 2019) (PDF)

TVA Board Meeting Minutes (August 22, 2019) (PDF)

TVA Presentation to Valley Partners (November 2019)

TVA SEC 10-Q Report (December 31, 2019) (PDF)

TVA Board Meeting Presentation (February 13, 2020) (PDF)

Contact

More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:

Matthew Higdon
NEPA Specialist
mshigdon@tva.gov
865-632-8051
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D
Knoxville, TN 37902

Lisa Haislip
Program Manager
lahaislip@tva.gov
423-751-4821
1101 Market Street, BR 5-B
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Power Generation – Coal and Gas

Flexibility Proposal

On June 22, 2020, TVA completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) and issued a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) addressing its proposal to provide flexible power generation options to its local power company customers that have entered into Long-Term Partnership Agreements with TVA.

The Long-Term Partnership Agreement, first offered in August 2019, includes provision for those local power companies who adopt the agreement to meet a portion of their power needs through their own generating sources.  As of June 2020, 140 of the local power companies served by TVA have adopted this Agreement.

In February 2020, the TVA Board of Directors approved a set of principles to guide local power companies interested in adding flexible generation, pending completion of appropriate environmental review in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The approved principles resulted from structured engagement with local power companies and reflect their feedback to ensure the outcome provides a viable solution to their needs.

In April 2020, TVA issued a draft EA for public review and comment. The draft EA evaluated the potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts of two alternatives, taking no action and implementing the power supply flexibility option.  TVA received 12 comment submissions from the public during the review period and considered the input in completing the EA.  The final EA includes responses to the public comments in an appendix.  

Related Documents:

Final Environmental Assessment

Finding of No Significant Impact

Public Comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment

Draft Environmental Assessment

Power Supply Flexibility Board Resolution (PDF)

Long Term Partnership Board Resolution (PDF)

Submitted Questions and TVA Answers (PDF)

TVA Board Meeting Presentation (August 22, 2019) (PDF)

TVA Board Meeting Minutes (August 22, 2019) (PDF)

TVA Presentation to Valley Partners (November 2019)

TVA SEC 10-Q Report (December 31, 2019) (PDF)

TVA Board Meeting Presentation (February 13, 2020) (PDF)

Contact

More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:

Matthew Higdon
NEPA Specialist
mshigdon@tva.gov
865-632-8051
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D
Knoxville, TN 37902

Lisa Haislip
Program Manager
lahaislip@tva.gov
423-751-4821
1101 Market Street, BR 5-B
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Power Generation – Nuclear

Flexibility Proposal

On June 22, 2020, TVA completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) and issued a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) addressing its proposal to provide flexible power generation options to its local power company customers that have entered into Long-Term Partnership Agreements with TVA.

The Long-Term Partnership Agreement, first offered in August 2019, includes provision for those local power companies who adopt the agreement to meet a portion of their power needs through their own generating sources.  As of June 2020, 140 of the local power companies served by TVA have adopted this Agreement.

In February 2020, the TVA Board of Directors approved a set of principles to guide local power companies interested in adding flexible generation, pending completion of appropriate environmental review in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The approved principles resulted from structured engagement with local power companies and reflect their feedback to ensure the outcome provides a viable solution to their needs.

In April 2020, TVA issued a draft EA for public review and comment. The draft EA evaluated the potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts of two alternatives, taking no action and implementing the power supply flexibility option.  TVA received 12 comment submissions from the public during the review period and considered the input in completing the EA.  The final EA includes responses to the public comments in an appendix.  

Related Documents:

Final Environmental Assessment

Finding of No Significant Impact

Public Comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment

Draft Environmental Assessment

Power Supply Flexibility Board Resolution (PDF)

Long Term Partnership Board Resolution (PDF)

Submitted Questions and TVA Answers (PDF)

TVA Board Meeting Presentation (August 22, 2019) (PDF)

TVA Board Meeting Minutes (August 22, 2019) (PDF)

TVA Presentation to Valley Partners (November 2019)

TVA SEC 10-Q Report (December 31, 2019) (PDF)

TVA Board Meeting Presentation (February 13, 2020) (PDF)

Contact

More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:

Matthew Higdon
NEPA Specialist
mshigdon@tva.gov
865-632-8051
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D
Knoxville, TN 37902

Lisa Haislip
Program Manager
lahaislip@tva.gov
423-751-4821
1101 Market Street, BR 5-B
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Power Generation – Solar and Other Renewables

Flexibility Proposal

On June 22, 2020, TVA completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) and issued a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) addressing its proposal to provide flexible power generation options to its local power company customers that have entered into Long-Term Partnership Agreements with TVA.

The Long-Term Partnership Agreement, first offered in August 2019, includes provision for those local power companies who adopt the agreement to meet a portion of their power needs through their own generating sources.  As of June 2020, 140 of the local power companies served by TVA have adopted this Agreement.

In February 2020, the TVA Board of Directors approved a set of principles to guide local power companies interested in adding flexible generation, pending completion of appropriate environmental review in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The approved principles resulted from structured engagement with local power companies and reflect their feedback to ensure the outcome provides a viable solution to their needs.

In April 2020, TVA issued a draft EA for public review and comment. The draft EA evaluated the potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts of two alternatives, taking no action and implementing the power supply flexibility option.  TVA received 12 comment submissions from the public during the review period and considered the input in completing the EA.  The final EA includes responses to the public comments in an appendix.  

Related Documents:

Final Environmental Assessment

Finding of No Significant Impact

Public Comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment

Draft Environmental Assessment

Power Supply Flexibility Board Resolution (PDF)

Long Term Partnership Board Resolution (PDF)

Submitted Questions and TVA Answers (PDF)

TVA Board Meeting Presentation (August 22, 2019) (PDF)

TVA Board Meeting Minutes (August 22, 2019) (PDF)

TVA Presentation to Valley Partners (November 2019)

TVA SEC 10-Q Report (December 31, 2019) (PDF)

TVA Board Meeting Presentation (February 13, 2020) (PDF)

Contact

More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:

Matthew Higdon
NEPA Specialist
mshigdon@tva.gov
865-632-8051
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D
Knoxville, TN 37902

Lisa Haislip
Program Manager
lahaislip@tva.gov
423-751-4821
1101 Market Street, BR 5-B
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Economic Development

Flexibility Proposal

On June 22, 2020, TVA completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) and issued a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) addressing its proposal to provide flexible power generation options to its local power company customers that have entered into Long-Term Partnership Agreements with TVA.

The Long-Term Partnership Agreement, first offered in August 2019, includes provision for those local power companies who adopt the agreement to meet a portion of their power needs through their own generating sources.  As of June 2020, 140 of the local power companies served by TVA have adopted this Agreement.

In February 2020, the TVA Board of Directors approved a set of principles to guide local power companies interested in adding flexible generation, pending completion of appropriate environmental review in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The approved principles resulted from structured engagement with local power companies and reflect their feedback to ensure the outcome provides a viable solution to their needs.

In April 2020, TVA issued a draft EA for public review and comment. The draft EA evaluated the potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts of two alternatives, taking no action and implementing the power supply flexibility option.  TVA received 12 comment submissions from the public during the review period and considered the input in completing the EA.  The final EA includes responses to the public comments in an appendix.  

Related Documents:

Final Environmental Assessment

Finding of No Significant Impact

Public Comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment

Draft Environmental Assessment

Power Supply Flexibility Board Resolution (PDF)

Long Term Partnership Board Resolution (PDF)

Submitted Questions and TVA Answers (PDF)

TVA Board Meeting Presentation (August 22, 2019) (PDF)

TVA Board Meeting Minutes (August 22, 2019) (PDF)

TVA Presentation to Valley Partners (November 2019)

TVA SEC 10-Q Report (December 31, 2019) (PDF)

TVA Board Meeting Presentation (February 13, 2020) (PDF)

Contact

More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:

Matthew Higdon
NEPA Specialist
mshigdon@tva.gov
865-632-8051
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D
Knoxville, TN 37902

Lisa Haislip
Program Manager
lahaislip@tva.gov
423-751-4821
1101 Market Street, BR 5-B
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Land, Facilities and Permitting

Flexibility Proposal

On June 22, 2020, TVA completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) and issued a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) addressing its proposal to provide flexible power generation options to its local power company customers that have entered into Long-Term Partnership Agreements with TVA.

The Long-Term Partnership Agreement, first offered in August 2019, includes provision for those local power companies who adopt the agreement to meet a portion of their power needs through their own generating sources.  As of June 2020, 140 of the local power companies served by TVA have adopted this Agreement.

In February 2020, the TVA Board of Directors approved a set of principles to guide local power companies interested in adding flexible generation, pending completion of appropriate environmental review in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The approved principles resulted from structured engagement with local power companies and reflect their feedback to ensure the outcome provides a viable solution to their needs.

In April 2020, TVA issued a draft EA for public review and comment. The draft EA evaluated the potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts of two alternatives, taking no action and implementing the power supply flexibility option.  TVA received 12 comment submissions from the public during the review period and considered the input in completing the EA.  The final EA includes responses to the public comments in an appendix.  

Related Documents:

Final Environmental Assessment

Finding of No Significant Impact

Public Comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment

Draft Environmental Assessment

Power Supply Flexibility Board Resolution (PDF)

Long Term Partnership Board Resolution (PDF)

Submitted Questions and TVA Answers (PDF)

TVA Board Meeting Presentation (August 22, 2019) (PDF)

TVA Board Meeting Minutes (August 22, 2019) (PDF)

TVA Presentation to Valley Partners (November 2019)

TVA SEC 10-Q Report (December 31, 2019) (PDF)

TVA Board Meeting Presentation (February 13, 2020) (PDF)

Contact

More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:

Matthew Higdon
NEPA Specialist
mshigdon@tva.gov
865-632-8051
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D
Knoxville, TN 37902

Lisa Haislip
Program Manager
lahaislip@tva.gov
423-751-4821
1101 Market Street, BR 5-B
Chattanooga, TN 37402

River System Operations

Flexibility Proposal

On June 22, 2020, TVA completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) and issued a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) addressing its proposal to provide flexible power generation options to its local power company customers that have entered into Long-Term Partnership Agreements with TVA.

The Long-Term Partnership Agreement, first offered in August 2019, includes provision for those local power companies who adopt the agreement to meet a portion of their power needs through their own generating sources.  As of June 2020, 140 of the local power companies served by TVA have adopted this Agreement.

In February 2020, the TVA Board of Directors approved a set of principles to guide local power companies interested in adding flexible generation, pending completion of appropriate environmental review in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The approved principles resulted from structured engagement with local power companies and reflect their feedback to ensure the outcome provides a viable solution to their needs.

In April 2020, TVA issued a draft EA for public review and comment. The draft EA evaluated the potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts of two alternatives, taking no action and implementing the power supply flexibility option.  TVA received 12 comment submissions from the public during the review period and considered the input in completing the EA.  The final EA includes responses to the public comments in an appendix.  

Related Documents:

Final Environmental Assessment

Finding of No Significant Impact

Public Comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment

Draft Environmental Assessment

Power Supply Flexibility Board Resolution (PDF)

Long Term Partnership Board Resolution (PDF)

Submitted Questions and TVA Answers (PDF)

TVA Board Meeting Presentation (August 22, 2019) (PDF)

TVA Board Meeting Minutes (August 22, 2019) (PDF)

TVA Presentation to Valley Partners (November 2019)

TVA SEC 10-Q Report (December 31, 2019) (PDF)

TVA Board Meeting Presentation (February 13, 2020) (PDF)

Contact

More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:

Matthew Higdon
NEPA Specialist
mshigdon@tva.gov
865-632-8051
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D
Knoxville, TN 37902

Lisa Haislip
Program Manager
lahaislip@tva.gov
423-751-4821
1101 Market Street, BR 5-B
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Transmission

Flexibility Proposal

On June 22, 2020, TVA completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) and issued a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) addressing its proposal to provide flexible power generation options to its local power company customers that have entered into Long-Term Partnership Agreements with TVA.

The Long-Term Partnership Agreement, first offered in August 2019, includes provision for those local power companies who adopt the agreement to meet a portion of their power needs through their own generating sources.  As of June 2020, 140 of the local power companies served by TVA have adopted this Agreement.

In February 2020, the TVA Board of Directors approved a set of principles to guide local power companies interested in adding flexible generation, pending completion of appropriate environmental review in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The approved principles resulted from structured engagement with local power companies and reflect their feedback to ensure the outcome provides a viable solution to their needs.

In April 2020, TVA issued a draft EA for public review and comment. The draft EA evaluated the potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts of two alternatives, taking no action and implementing the power supply flexibility option.  TVA received 12 comment submissions from the public during the review period and considered the input in completing the EA.  The final EA includes responses to the public comments in an appendix.  

Related Documents:

Final Environmental Assessment

Finding of No Significant Impact

Public Comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment

Draft Environmental Assessment

Power Supply Flexibility Board Resolution (PDF)

Long Term Partnership Board Resolution (PDF)

Submitted Questions and TVA Answers (PDF)

TVA Board Meeting Presentation (August 22, 2019) (PDF)

TVA Board Meeting Minutes (August 22, 2019) (PDF)

TVA Presentation to Valley Partners (November 2019)

TVA SEC 10-Q Report (December 31, 2019) (PDF)

TVA Board Meeting Presentation (February 13, 2020) (PDF)

Contact

More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:

Matthew Higdon
NEPA Specialist
mshigdon@tva.gov
865-632-8051
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D
Knoxville, TN 37902

Lisa Haislip
Program Manager
lahaislip@tva.gov
423-751-4821
1101 Market Street, BR 5-B
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Natural Resources Management

Flexibility Proposal

On June 22, 2020, TVA completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) and issued a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) addressing its proposal to provide flexible power generation options to its local power company customers that have entered into Long-Term Partnership Agreements with TVA.

The Long-Term Partnership Agreement, first offered in August 2019, includes provision for those local power companies who adopt the agreement to meet a portion of their power needs through their own generating sources.  As of June 2020, 140 of the local power companies served by TVA have adopted this Agreement.

In February 2020, the TVA Board of Directors approved a set of principles to guide local power companies interested in adding flexible generation, pending completion of appropriate environmental review in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The approved principles resulted from structured engagement with local power companies and reflect their feedback to ensure the outcome provides a viable solution to their needs.

In April 2020, TVA issued a draft EA for public review and comment. The draft EA evaluated the potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts of two alternatives, taking no action and implementing the power supply flexibility option.  TVA received 12 comment submissions from the public during the review period and considered the input in completing the EA.  The final EA includes responses to the public comments in an appendix.  

Related Documents:

Final Environmental Assessment

Finding of No Significant Impact

Public Comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment

Draft Environmental Assessment

Power Supply Flexibility Board Resolution (PDF)

Long Term Partnership Board Resolution (PDF)

Submitted Questions and TVA Answers (PDF)

TVA Board Meeting Presentation (August 22, 2019) (PDF)

TVA Board Meeting Minutes (August 22, 2019) (PDF)

TVA Presentation to Valley Partners (November 2019)

TVA SEC 10-Q Report (December 31, 2019) (PDF)

TVA Board Meeting Presentation (February 13, 2020) (PDF)

Contact

More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:

Matthew Higdon
NEPA Specialist
mshigdon@tva.gov
865-632-8051
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D
Knoxville, TN 37902

Lisa Haislip
Program Manager
lahaislip@tva.gov
423-751-4821
1101 Market Street, BR 5-B
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Bat Conservation and Compliance

TVA’s bat strategy defines how we document and track our actions towards conserving bats. As part of the strategy, TVA completed an Endangered Species Act (ESA) programmatic consultation in 2018. This report describes TVA activities which could potentially impact endangered or threatened bats in the TVA Region (gray bat, Indiana bat, northern long-eared bat and Virginia big-eared bat). The consultation is effective for 20 years and ensures that TVA remains in compliance with the ESA.

Programmatic Biological Assessment for Evaluation of the Impacts of TVA’s Routine Actions on Federally Listed Bats

USFWS Concurrence on Activities that are Not Likely to Adversely Affect Federally-listed Bats

USFWS Biological Opinion on TVA’s Programmatic Strategy for Routine Actions that May Affect Endangered or Threatened Bats

Amendment to USFWS Biological Opinion

 

Floodplain and Wetland Public Notices

TVA is seeking public comment on avoidance or minimization of potentially adverse floodplain or wetland impacts for proposed categorically excluded activities subject to the orders. Read more about floodplain or wetland notices.