2017 News

Art for the People

In its early days, TVA valued form as well as function. It even hired a staff artist, Robert Birdwell, to capture its work on canvas. His work adorns the visitor center at Fort Patrick Henry Dam.

Two TVA Difference Makers Named to Nation’s Top 50 Economic Developers List

Two TVA go-getters have been named as two of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers by Consultant Connect, a consulting agency designed to bridge the gap between economic developers and site consultants.

How Bright is Solar Energy’s Future?

Some see solar energy as the future. Others say solar is too expensive and unreliable. Who’s right? To sort facts from myths, we turned to Tammy Bramlett, TVA’s Renewable Energy Solutions Senior Manager.

Be Fearless

When Lynn Evans became chair of TVA's board, she set a lot of "firsts"—first female director, first African American, first Memphian. Here, in honor of Women's History Month, she talks about being a woman in the workplace.

TVA Offers Prime Northwest Alabama Real Estate

The Tennessee Valley Authority has engaged CBRE real estate services to market about 900 acres of the utility’s Muscle Shoals Reservation property in northwest Alabama.

Welcome to Our Dams

April ushers in spring showers—and open house at several of TVA’s dam visitor centers. Come see us to learn more about our history, operations and mission.

Upgrade Project at South Holston Dam Underway

As TVA works to upgrade the hydro generation unit in one of its most valuable dams, South Holston Dam Road in Sullivan County, Tenn., will be closed for approximately 1 year.

TVA Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Transmission Projects

The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking for public input regarding local upgrades to its transmission system near Philadelphia, Miss., which involves the construction of two new transmission lines to support electrical reliability in the area.

Water, Water Everywhere?

It’s time for the spring fill—which means that TVA’s River Forecast Center is turning it’s eyes to the 2017 recreation season and holding on to water in the reservoir system. Here's how the process is going.

Modern Archeology Was Shaped by Women

TVA archeologist Michaelyn Harle was recently featured in the Tennessee Council for Professional Archeology (TCPA) blog. Her article focused on the role women have played in shaping the modern study of archeology.

Power for Peacetime

TVA’s wartime dam-building program was mighty, but demand for electricity didn’t stop with the ceasefire. Boone Dam, authorized in 1950, would help energize the baby boom.

TVA Meets with Lake Guntersville Stakeholders

Elected Officials from Marshall and Jackson counties recently met with TVA in Guntersville to discuss the present and future path of the Lake Guntersville Aquatic Plant Management Plan.

TVA Uses Prescribed Fire to Help Habitat

March and April are primetime for prescribed burns across the Tennessee Valley. Evan Crews, TVA senior manager, Natural Resources Management explains how the agency uses fire to improve our region’s wildlife habitat.

TVA Begins Prep Work for Construction at Pickwick

TVA is beginning exploratory work this week at Pickwick Landing Dam in preparation for upcoming construction to fortify the dam against potential impacts from a severe earthquake.

“Weir” Science

The aerating labyrinth weir below South Holston Dam in upper East Tennessee has multiple benefits—chief among them creating the oxygen-rich water that has fostered a world-class brown trout fishery.

How TVA Safeguards Its Dams

With a possible dam failure having made national news, many wonder: Could such a thing happen here? With a robust Dam Safety Program in place, TVA ensures both dam integrity and public safety.

TVA’s Renewable Energy Programs Support Transportation Innovation

Parking and commuting at Southern Adventist University (SAU) is now greener and more convenient thanks to new solar-assisted electric vehicle program funded in part by TVA and other community partners.

The Perfect Wave

TVA has long been known for keeping the lights on reliably 99.999% of the time. Theo Laughner, TVA’s 2017 Ike Zeringue Engineer of the Year, sets a new standard of excellence that keeps industry coming to the Valley.

Sharing Secrets of the Past

From rock art to historic buildings and burial sites, the Tennessee Valley is full of reminders that it has been a great place to live for thousands of years.

Turning Memphis Wastewater into Energy

TVA is capturing methane gas from Memphis' T.E. Maxson Wastewater Treatment Plant and transporting it to adjacent Allen Combined Cycle natural gas site where it will be used to help generate clean energy.

WIN-ning Proposition

At a 2017 Women in Nuclear (WIN) conference, hosted by TVA in Chattanooga, industry veterans like Brady Queen-Peden gather to network, share ideas and—above all—encourage young women to choose careers in this rewarding field.

The Town that Wouldn’t Drown

Butler, Tenn., was constantly inundated with floodwaters from the Watauga River—that is, before TVA built Watauga Dam and moved the whole town to higher ground.

Looking into the Crystal Ball

Dr. Joe Hoagland, vice president of Enterprise Relations & Innovation for TVA—the largest public power utility in America—shares his thoughts about the future of the utility industry.

Whither the Weather

For a meteorologist at the nation’s largest public utility, there’s a lot riding on the line. Forecasts help determine which generation assets go online so you can stay warm—at the lowest cost—on the coldest days.

They Walk the Lines

Natural Resource Management’s land condition assessments, most often conducted in the chill of winter, allow it to make smart decisions about land use, and allocate resources to where they’re most needed.

The Miracle in the Wilderness

Spurred by wartime necessity, TVA put up Fontana Dam, the tallest dam east of the Rockies with record speed. The dam no one could get to eventually became the most visited in the TVA system.

TVA’s Carbon Trajectory

It’s hard to know whether or how carbon policy is likely to change in coming years. Brenda Brickhouse, TVA’s vice president of Environment and Energy Policy, explains why staying the course is in the Tennessee Valley’s best interest.

TVA Clears Next Hurdle for Small Modular Reactors

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has accepted and docketed the utility’s early site permit application for the potential construction and operation of multiple SMR units at the Clinch River Site in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Great Falls Dam Turns 100

TVA’s odd dam out, Great Falls, began operations in January of 1917 as a premier project of the Tennessee Electric Power Company. It was purchased 22 years later by TVA, and remains the quirkiest hydro project in the portfolio.

TVA’s Mightiest Work

In dedicating the massive Kentucky Dam, President Harry S. Truman summed up the success of TVA, a formula comprised of modern science, good management and common sense.

Drought Update: Rainfall Levels Improve, Runoff Lags

More precipitation in the new year improves drought conditions and hydro generation, even though runoff levels are playing catch-up.

TVA Reports Near-Record Weekend Power Demand

The Tennessee Valley Authority reports that the weekend’s cold snap, which dipped down to 14 degrees across the Tennessee Valley, ranked fourth in the utility’s “Top 10” winter weekend power peaks.

Lake Sturgeon Make a Comeback

This ancient fish, once extinct in the Tennessee River system, has made a comeback thanks to a savvy reintroduction initiative by TVA and its partners.

Land Plans Open Houses

TVA is proposing changes to the way it uses land on Chickamauga, Fort Loudoun, Great Falls, Kentucky, Nickajack, Normandy, Wheeler and Wilson reservoirs. You’re invited to give your feedback.

TVA Employees Get Ready for Year’s First Cold Snap

Mother Nature is expected to bring freezing temperatures, snow and ice to the Tennessee Valley later this week. TVA employees are already gearing up to meet electricity demand.

Improve It and They Will Come

TVA and its volunteer partners logged over 100,000 visitors to reimagined and refurbished visitor centers at TVA hydroelectric facilities in 2016. With further improvements planned for 2017, that number is likely to grow.

2016 News

Look at All the Little Piggies

TVA and Warren Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. joined together to create unique solution to the problem of piglets getting squashed in the pen: a warming blanket.

Balanced Fuel Portfolio Helps Reduce Ratepayer Costs

TVA’s diversified generation portfolio allows it to choose between generation sources, and emphasize low-cost fuels. This is especially helpful in winter months, when coal and gas plants are crucial to meeting demand.

Wartime Dam Creates Angler’s Oasis

Isolated Apalachia Dam made a big contribution to wartime airplane construction. Today, it’s an off-the-beaten-path paradise for trout fishermen looking for big catches and scenic views.

TVA Maintains Burn Ban, Re-Opens Public Areas

Although a burn ban remains in effect because of extreme drought conditions throughout the Tennessee Valley, TVA is re-opening previously closed sites to the public because recent rains have reduced wildfire risk.

John Sevier Fossil Plant Is Coming Down

Demolition work at John Sevier Fossil Plant demonstrates TVA at it’s best: Working in an environmentally responsible way to restore the site of a former coal plant so that the land can be used for economic development.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Mother Nature is bringing the Valley freezing temperatures, and—potentially—higher heating bills. Following these energy-saving tips will help you stay cozy while keeping your utility bill under control.

Watts Bar Unit 2: What It Means for You

Achieving commercial operation of Watts Bar Nuclear Plant’s Unit 2 was a major achievement for TVA, and a smart investment for every energy consumer in the Tennessee Valley. Here’s why.

Full Steam Ahead

TVA develops an innovative, environmentally friendly cogeneration solution at Johnsonville Combustion Turbine Plant designed to keep chemical company Chemours—and 1,100 jobs—in Middle Tennessee.

Preserving Places of Peril

TVA receives recognition from the national Advisory Council on Historic Preservation for its work in restoring and protecting 500-year-old Native American cliff art in northeast Alabama.

From War Machine to World-Class Whitewater

When Ocoee Dam No. 3 was built to meet wartime energy needs wartime, it was thought there would be little recreational interest in the project. Flash forward fifty years, and you get an Olympic whitewater course.

TVA Shops Small

When you’re the nation’s largest public power company, you do a lot of purchasing. To boost the Valley economy, TVA stayed focused on procuring goods and services from small businesses in 2016—over a billion dollars’ worth.

A Breath of Fresh Air

People who live and work in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s seven-state service region have something more than usual to be thankful for this holiday season: cleaner air.

TVA’s World-Class Wonders

Among the lands and lakes TVA manages lie four shining gems: recreation destinations that draw visitors from around the world. Here’s why they deserve a spot on your bucket list.

What Democracy Can Do

At the outset of World War II, Congress approved the Douglas Dam Bill to provide power for the war effort. On a crash schedule, TVA workers toiled day and night, and—amazingly—the dam was finished in just over a year.

TVA Keeps Valley Commerce on the Grow

TVA Economic Development's Senior Vice President John Bradley sits down to discuss TVA’s FY2016 results in terms of direct investment and jobs attracted and retained. (Hint: It's good news.)

TVA “Amps Up” Valley Robotics Programs

This month kicks off the 2016-17 robotics season for students across the U.S. We caught up with Gail Rymer, TVA director of Public and Community Relations, to find out why TVA-sponsored robotics programs are successful.

New and Improved Kentucky Lock on the Way

Though it's long been a source of frustration and congestion for those navigating from the Tennessee River into the Ohio, TVA and the Army Corps of Engineers are cooperating to build a modern lock at Kentucky Dam that’s tailored to today’s barge traffic.

TVA Goes to War

To help crank up aluminum production for the war effort—and to provide energy for the Manhattan Project—TVA put two dams on a crash construction schedule. Cherokee was one, and it was built in 16 months.

Drought Ongoing Despite the Rain

Through recent rains have dialed back the risk of wildfire, they've done little to relieve the dry conditions in the Tennessee Valley. The region remains in moderate to severe drought status.

Colbert Ash Stack Closure Complete

In closing and covering an ash stack at retired Colbert Fossil Plant, TVA creates not only safety but also scenery.

Urban Mountain Biking

Just because your bike was made to handle rocks and roots doesn't mean it can't perform on pavement, too. Try one of these urban biking trails, five of the best in the Tennessee Valley.

TVA’s Jerome Terrell Honored with Legacy Award

The Tennessee Economic Development Council (TEDC) recognized Jerome Terrell, longtime senior program manager for TVA Economic Development, as the recipient of its Legacy Award at the recent TEDC Annual Fall Conference.

Watts Bar Unit 2 Complete and Commercial

Watts Bar Unit 2 is TVA’s seventh operating nuclear reactor delivering carbon-free energy to the Tennessee Valley, helping to generate enough clean electricity to power 4.5 million homes.

International Visitors Seek TVA’s Secret to Success

After more than 83 years of service, TVA continues to be the standard for government leaders who wish to improve the quality of life of their nation’s citizens.

Watts Bar Getaway

In 1950, after construction on Watts Bar Dam was complete, an enterprising Michigander bought up the construction workers’ housing and launched a wildly successful resort.

TVA Completes Bellefonte Sale

NOVEMBER 14, 2016 ―The Tennessee Valley Authority announced the sale of the 1,400 acre Bellefonte property, near Hollywood, Ala., to Nuclear Development, LLC for the purchase price of $111 million.

Tennessee Valley’s Automotive Fast Lane

Spurred by the presence of four automotive OEMs, the Tennessee Valley’s transportation sector is the second largest in the nation—and poised to leave Michigan in its taillights.

Go with the Flow

Norris Lake’s outstanding Loyston Point trails provide a beautiful setting and a mountain biking experience that will suit your experience level—whether you’re a flat-out beginner or seasoned expert.

Torpedo Testing at Hiwassee

Hiwassee Dam and the reservoir it created are both known for beautiful scenery, canoeing and rafting. But in the 1940s and 50s, Hiwassee also played a key role in serving the nation’s defense.

Join Us for Our Annual Aquatic Survey

Interested anglers or those who care about aquatic diversity in the Tennessee Valley will get a rare chance to join TVA biologists in researching the health and diversity of Tennessee Valley fish populations this fall.

Combustion Testing Begins at Paradise CC Plant

3-2-1-ignition! Paradise Combined Cycle Plant's Unit 1 fired up for the first time at 5:23 p.m. EST Monday. All three gas-fired units will go through a series of tests over the next few months in preparation for commercial operation in 2017.

80+ Years of Powering Your Dreams

Join us in celebration of Public Power Week as we recognize public utility employees across the Valley: those who work tirelessly to help power our homes, hospitals, schools and businesses.

Spoke’n Hot

About 40 million Americans participate in the sport of mountain biking each year—and the Tennessee Valley is their playground. Want to join their numbers? Here’s what you need to know before you climb on two wheels and go.

Mountain Bike Mecca

This year Bike Magazine summed up Raccoon Mountain’s bike trails in one word—glorious. We caught up with Kevin Smith, Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association’s Chattanooga chapter vice president to find out why.

Hunt the Valley

Looking for a place to go hunting? Try TVA’s undeveloped public lands. We offer 293,000 acres of wild lands where you can pursue the time-honored sport and make treasured memories while you’re doing it.

TVA Pioneers Energy Efficiency Planning Model

As many Americans grow more aware of their environmental footprint and look for ways to maximize their energy usage, TVA’s energy efficiency strategy has been singled out as a model that may be worth replicating.

TVA Employees Are Ready to Respond

TVA’s robust Emergency Response Training program—now housed in a new multipurpose training center—ensures that employees are ready to deal with fires, hazardous materials leaks, health crises, accidents and more.

Five Feathered Friends

Get to know the looks, songs, diets and habits of these five common birds, and you’ll have feathered friends worth watching wherever you go in the Tennessee Valley.

Saving Chattanooga

Before TVA built Chickamauga Dam, Chattanooga—the Valley's most flood-prone city—suffered from massive economic damage and moquito-borne health crises because of the untamed river.

11 Years of Success with Site Selection

America’s premier magazine for site selectors names TVA among the top 10 American utilities for economic development for the eleventh straight year. Here’s why.

Birdwatching 101

TVA maintains public areas—woodlands, grasslands and waterways—across the Tennessee Valley, and these are great places for birdwatching. With a little know-how, you’ll see the splendor of birds all around you.

Despite What You Hear in the News, Watts Bar Switchyard is “Alive”

Even during inspection and repair, the Watts Bar switchyard is supplying 1,100 megawatts of clean energy to the people of the Valley.

Keeping Hydro Humming

Producing clean, low-cost electricity is important for the environment and your pocketbook. Check out what we are doing to keep 70- and 80-year old dams operating like well-conditioned athletes.

TVA Invests in a Greener Future

What is TVA’s Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President John Thomas doing to ensure the region has reliable, clean electricity at the lowest cost possible? Investing.

Spotting Eagles and Raptors on TVA Land

Eagles, ospreys and hawks all dwell in the Tennessee Valley year-round—in particular on Guntersville and Kentucky reservoirs—offering majestic views for birdwatchers in the field and, via web cam, at home.

Good Medicine for Fontana Dam

TVA is making two slot cuts in Fontana Dam to relieve pressure caused by alkali aggregate reaction (AAR), also known as concrete growth, which occurs when chemical reactions in the cement aggregate material cause swelling and stress.

“Paducah Bill” Moves to Guntersville

When floodwaters threatened to overwhelm Paducah, Ky., construction workers from Guntersville Dam boarded a steamer and set out to offer aid. Along the way, they rescued a rooster who would become Guntersville's mascot.

How TVA Is Storing Its Ash

To get the “low-down” on what TVA is doing with its coal ash, we caught up with John Kammeyer, TVA vice president Civil Projects. Kammeyer leads the TVA team tasked with safely closing the company’s coal ash impoundments.

8 Tips for Better Birdwatching

Autumn is here, and with it some of the best birdwatching of the year. You can find many fine feathered friends on TVA public lands—but your own back yard will also offer incredible avian views, if you know how to look.

Breathing Easier at Shawnee

New air cleaning equipment being installed on Shawnee Fossil Plant's units 1 and 4 is designed to reduce sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions by 96 and 90 percent respectively.

Lake Levels Update

Summer’s almost gone, and with it will go some of the water in TVA’s reservoirs. We took a moment to catch up with the River Forecasting Center crew to talk lake levels.

Training, Preparation Help Safely Extinguish Transformer Fire at Watts Bar

Training and preparation allowed plant personnel to effectively respond to a transformer fire in an onsite switchyard at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant on Tuesday night, August 30.

The Lost Towns of Pickwick

There’s no doubt that TVA’s dams transformed the Valley and made life easier for its residents. For some, though, the unified plan meant sacrificing home and community to the greater good.

Doggy Paddling

At TVA we love dogs. So why not bring them out to enjoy #TVAfun on our lakes and streams? Paddling with your pooch is great fun, and with a little preparation and know-how, safe for everyone.

CADnet: Inspiring Dreams, Unlocking Opportunities

Through the CADnet program, TVA helps young STEM students discover the joy of engineering—and even offers some a foot in the door at the nation’s largest producer of public power.

Drones Help Inspect Dams

Unmanned aerial vehicles (a.k.a. drones) are helping to reduce the costs and human risks involved in inspecting TVA facilities and equipment—especially dams.

Five Perfect Paddles in the Tennessee Valley

We’ve done the research, we’ve seen the beauty, we’ve had the fun—and we can practically guarantee you’ll have good time, too. So there's no reason for you to not to check out one of these Valley paddles.

TVA Prepares Rural Leaders to Bring Home Jobs

How TVA Economic Development is making a difference for the Valley’s smallest and most challenged communities by training a field of educated and informed pros ready to recruit new business.

Bringing Back the Bats

Several species of bats are flying onto the threatened and endangered species lists at alarming speed. That’s why TVA has installed artificial roost habitats intended to boost bat populations in the Valley.

TVA Helps Keep Your Power Bill Low

Sixty-nine percent of the top 100 utilities charge more for electricity than we do in the Tennessee Valley. Why? Here’s the lowdown from TVA Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President John Thomas.

Making “Bucket-List” Whitewater

When the horn sounds, the Ocoee River in east Tennessee becomes a bucket-list destination for experienced rafters looking for miles of Class III and Class IV adventure. Here’s how TVA maintains the whitewater thrills.

Raccoon Mountain Visitor Center Reopens

After almost two years of being closed, TVA’s Raccoon Mountain Visitor Center reopens to the public with new exhibits on Saturday, August 13, 2016.

The Ghost of West Tennessee

Looking for a great paddling adventure in the western Valley? You'll find peaceful waters and spooky beauty on the Ghost River, which lies less than an hour away from Memphis, Tenn.

It’s Official: Norris Dam Is on the National Register of Historic Places

Just in time to celebrate its 80th anniversary, TVA’s Norris Dam has been named to the National Register of Historic Places. Norris is the first TVA-built dam to achieve this honor.

Paddle Pointers

We want you to have summer fun on our lakes and streams—and stay safe while you're doing it. Check out these 12 things you need to consider before you climb into your kayak or canoe.

Norris Dam: “No Flood of Worry”

During WWII, Ernie Pyle described the common man’s fight in simple language. But his fame began before the war, when he set out to explain the American experiment called TVA, under construction in Norris, Tennessee.

Design for the Public Good

As TVA brought public power to the Tennessee Valley, TVA architect Roland Wank put design to work for the people—starting with his visionary plan for Norris Dam.

Building a Better Life for the Tennessee Valley

In 1936, the Unified Development of the Tennessee River System laid out a plan for TVA to build dams and transform the poverty-stricken, often-flooded Valley into a modern, electrified and developed slice of America.

TVA Brings Fun to the Valley

When Senator George Norris created the TVA Act more than 80 years ago, little did we know that Norris would be the father of work-life balance in the Tennessee Valley.

TVA Maintains Healthy Water Quality

What was once a curse in the Tennessee Valley is now a blessing: the water resources associated with the Tennessee River. TVA does everything in its power to ensure that it is useful and of the highest quality possible.

Tennessee Valley Air: Cleanest Ever Measured

Due to the hard work of TVA, Valley industries, vehicle manufacturers and local and state air regulators, air quality has never been as good as it is now. Today, the entire Valley meets the EPA’s ozone standard.

Fun, Food, Family-Friendly and Free! Norris Dam 80th Celebration This Weekend

As Norris Dam turns 80, we’re throwing a free party from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30. Each day will be filled with food, family-friendly fun, music and self-guided tours of Norris Dam.

Getting Ozone Out of Our Valley

Mission accomplished! With Shelby County, Tenn., in compliance, the entire Tennessee Valley now meets the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2008 standard for ozone.

The Heat is ON

Summer temperatures are on the rise, but that doesn't mean your electric bill has to go up in lockstep. Get smart about your energy use to keep your AC running and your bill under control.

Bygone Boats

Antique and classic boats harken back to the time when recreational watercraft with nicknames like “Little Funhouse” and “Eleanor” filled the Tennessee River.

Testing Nation’s Newest Nuclear Generation to Ensure Safety, Quality and Reliability

Power Ascension Testing is the final phase of an extensive “test drive” of Watts Bar Unit 2 to make sure the unit can deliver electricity safely, reliably and efficiently to our consumers.

A Reign of Harmony

TVA’s dams has had an undeniable influence on modern architecture. But when the world-renowned architect Le Corbusier visited America in 1946, he was most impressed by TVA’s transformation of the Tennessee Valley.

Power Your Home for Less than a Mocha a Day

How much does it cost to power your home per day? It may surprise you that the cost is less than a morning mocha latte. We caught up with TVA Chief Financial Officer John Thomas to discuss the value of electricity.

Congress Recognizes Norris Dam’s 80th Anniversary

On July 7, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and U.S. Rep. John Duncan Jr. introduced a resolution praising TVA for its successful construction and management of the “Unified Plan of the Development of the Tennessee River,” which began with the completion of Norris Dam in 1936.

Marina Heaven

Marinas are home base for all the splashy boating lake fun of summer. When they go the extra mile to be environmentally sound, the good only gets better.

Hiwassee Dam’s Unit 2 Pumps It Up

After five years of inactivity, Hiwassee Dam’s groundbreaking Unit 2 reversible generator/turbine unit is fully back in action, allowing TVA even greater flexibility to generate electricity—or remove it from the grid when needed to help balance base load.

Gallatin Completes Dry Ash Storage Initiative

TVA’s vision for converting all management of coal combustion products from wet to dry storage is becoming a reality—most recently at Gallatin Fossil Plant.

They've Got the Power

GIRLS Inc., the Challenger STEM Learning Center and TVA collaborated to create an educational and enjoyable summer program for young women focused on transmission engineering.

Paradise by the Construction Light

Construction of the Paradise Combined Cycle Plant near Drakesboro, Kentucky, is nearing 75 percent completion. When it's finished, it will provide 1,025 megawatts of flexible, reliable power for the Tennessee Valley.

Hit the Beach

You don’t have to drive all day and night to get to sandy shores and lapping waves—you can enjoy a lovely waterside vacation right here in the Valley at one of TVA’s many lakeside swim beaches.

Boating Safety 101

Labor Day is a traditional boating holiday, and it means busy lakes. TVA encourages everyone to get out and enjoy the water. Here are some tips for enjoying your three-day weekend on the water—safely.

How You Can Help to Conserve Water

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, much of the Valley is experiencing a drought. You can help. In fact, if you’re like most families, you can reduce your water use by up to 35 percent by following these simple steps.

Cool Your Heels on TVA Trails

Summer temperatures may be on rise through the Valley, but this week’s #TVAfun hikes feature built in water features. Escape the summer sun and cool yourself—naturally.

TVA Is Vibrating Its Ash

TVA is taking coal ash safety to a whole new level. Check out how the company is pioneering new technology to become the utility industry leader in safe coal ash storage.

Next-Gen Energy Professionals Receive TVA-Sponsored Scholarships

Four bright, young scholars are closer to achieving their career dreams in energy, thanks to scholarships provided by TVA and the Electric Power Board (EPB) of Chattanooga.

Family-Friendly Hiking on Cherokee Lake

Looking for the perfect hiking experience for the whole family? You can do no better than this “two-fer” of trails at Cherokee Lake, loved by young and old and everyone in between.

Norris: An American Ideal

New urban theorists are hard at work designing the town of the future. But Norris, Tennessee—built by TVA over 80 years ago to house workers building the nearby dam—beat them all to the punch.

Natural Wonders

Unleash your inner naturalist and learn more about the world around you in classes and bioblitz events in June and July at Ijams Nature Center, Melton Hill Dam Reservation and Little Cedar Mountain Small Wild Area.

Hiking in the Wild

Trails through TVA’s Small Wild Areas let Valley residents get up close and personal with some of the most exceptional natural resources and scenic views in the region.

Sharing Water Across the System

TVA is using water from Chatuge, Nottley, Blue Ridge, South Holston and Watauga reservoirs to meet minimum flows and ensure aquatic health along the entire Tennessee River system.

Get Ready, Go Hiking!

TVA offers dozens of trails for the public to explore, from easy walks through vigorous treks. Here's how to access information about them, as well as tips for staying safe while you're on the trails.

Army Vet Embraces TVA Investment Challenge

When U.S. Army vet Brad Clark returned from his tour of Iraq, he met a new challenge: the TVA Investment Challenge. He was up for the mission, and helped lead a team to a 34.5% return on investment, more than 2% over the S&P 500.

TVA and Starkville Utilities Light the Way for Big Energy Savings at MSU

Mississippi State University—working with Energy Right Solutions for Business and Industry and Starkville Utilities—undertook an project to replace fluorescent lighting with LEDs, leading to over $400,000 in annual savings.

Dam Safety Is a Top Priority at TVA

Keeping its dams performing well and the communities near them safe is a top priority for TVA. That's why TVA monitors its dams routinely and continuously updates its Dam Safety Program to meet current industry standards.

TVA's Decreasing Carbon Emissions Help Customers Compete

Increasingly, TVA's local power companies and directly served customer find themselves competing on carbon footprint. Good news! Theirs will be smaller this year, as TVA's carbon emissions rate went down 2.89 percent.

All the Comforts in the Great Outdoors

Long to stay in the great outdoors, but tent camping just isn't your style? Try living it up in a decked-out RV. You can have all the comforts of home—including wi-fi—and still get out into nature on TVA campgrounds.

TVA IT Lends a Hand

TVA IT employees teach Chattanooga elementary students how STEM skills can improve lives. The students’ final assignment? To 3D print and assemble a prosthetic hand to help a child in need.

Come Help Us Celebrate TVA Dams!

2016 is the 80th anniversary of the Unified Plan of the Development of the Tennessee River, the document that outlined TVA's integrated resource management approach to the Tennessee River system.

Understanding River Temperatures Saves Ratepayers Money

TVA engineers are mapping water temperatures on Wheeler Lake to help understand when—and when not—to operate cooling towers at Brown's Ferry Nuclear Plant. Net result? Cost savings to Valley power consumers.

Lakeside Camping

Always wanted to live on the lake but can't afford the real estate? Now you can enjoy all the amenities without the expense by camping at one of TVA's six dam reservation campgrounds.

Island Getaways

No need to travel across the ocean for a relaxing vacation. You can get away from it all and pitch a tent on one of the dozens of wild islands that dot TVA's reservoirs right here in the Valley.

Feathered Friends?

Double-crested cormorants are currently residing year-round on islands of Guntersville Reservoir where they were once winter-only dwellers—and their new summer occupancy is changing the landscape.

Shade Your Stream

Mowing up to the shoreline? You should reconsider. Allowing trees and other vegetation to grow along shorelines helps maintain water temperatures, prevents erosion and supports aquatic life.

Plants of the Past

These five TVA coal-fired power plants have been closed over the years. But the shuttered powerhouses deserve recognition for the role they played in the development of Valley—generating electricity, jobs and history.

Remembering the Terrible Tornadoes of 2011

On April 27 of that year, tornadoes ripped through Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee, creating record damage to TVA's transmission system. This is the story of that storm—and of TVA's swift response to turn the lights back on.

The Power Behind Robotics

Ever wonder what powers the Tennessee Valley’s many STEM-related student robotics programs? Nuclear… wind… solar… hamster wheels? Nope. It's volunteers.

Gearing Up for Success

Today, the Tennessee Valley is ranked as one of the best places for general manufacturing. Why? Is it the low cost of living? Tax-friendly environment? Skilled workforce? Competitive utilities? Try all of the above.

TVA Keeps an Eye on Its Ash

TVA monitors its coal ash 24/7, 365 to ensure there are no safety or environmental issues. To that end, it developed the Advanced Technology for Impoundment Monitoring center to immediately identify and respond to any coal ash issues before an emergency can happen

Spring Fill Falling Behind

Seven of TVA’s ten large tributary reservoirs are falling behind on filling right now because of less than normal rainfall for this time of year. Will the situation get worse? TVA River Operations experts explain the odds.

Kids Playing Hooky

Here's how to fish with kids—to help them be successful, keep them safe and get them hooked for life on one of the Valley's most popular summertime sports.

River Recycled

The water of the Tennessee River basin is the most heavily used in the nation; it’s also the most recycled. Here’s how TVA Water Supply manages the river to keep water levels optimally balanced.

The Tug is the Drug

Winter, spring, summer or fall, any angler will tell you that there is nothing like the rush of “fish on.” The Tennessee Valley is home to many world-class trout fisheries, chief among them the South Holston River.

Books for the People

In honor of National Library Week, we look back at a time in which TVA provided books to enrich the lives of dam builders and people in remote communities throughout the Tennessee Valley.

Creating Family Fishing Traditions on TVA Lakes

From trophies worthy of hanging on the wall to the simple joys of a bluegill on a little girl’s line, TVA lake fishing creates memories that cross generations. PLUS: 10 family-friendly destinations for fishing from the shore.

Greening the Valley

In the 1930s, TVA turned selected farmers into experts on erosion control and asked them to pass the idea along to their neighbors. Before long, agriculture in the TVA region was on the road to recovery.

Make-a-Wish Teen Vows to Work for TVA Someday

TVA makes 15-year-old Noah Caldwell's birthday wish come true with a tour of the Allen Fossil Plant and the construction site for the new Allen Combined Cycle Plant in Memphis, Tennessee.

Living Women's History: Carol Eimers

We're celebrating Women's History Month by talking to strong female leaders within TVA. In this Q + A, Carol Eimers, TVA's general manager for the Inspection, Testing, Monitoring & Analysis group, talks about stepping out of your comfort zone.

TVA’s "Hardened" Transmission System Helps Customers Weather the Storm

When the tornadoes of 2011 knocked out 108 transmission lines, TVA's rapid response won increased customer satisfaction. Since then, TVA has continued to work to improve grid resiliency and prevent power disruption.

TVA. Lasers. Spaghetti?

Today, TVA surveyors deploy the latest technology—3-D laser scanning—capable of mapping the spaghetti of piping and conduits in engineering spaces with millimeter accuracy.

Bringing the Land to Life

In the 1920s and ’30s, much of the soil in the Tennessee Valley was worn out to the point of worthlessness. Potent fertilizers developed by TVA helped bring the land back to life.

TVA Invests in Futures‚ One Student at a Time

Here in the Tennessee Valley, a new class of investor is being cultivated: young, smart business students from 25 universities in TVA’s seven-state service area—a group who regularly outperforms the S&P 500.

Steady On: the Davidson Static VAR Compensator

When TVA shutters the Johnsonville Coal Plant in Middle Tennessee in 2017, it faced the possibility that power quality could be compromised. But TVA has the solution: the Davidson Static VAR Compensator, which recently went live.

Colbert Fossil Plant Ends 61 Years of Electrical Generation

The Colbert Fossil Plant earns a proud and permanent place in the TVA story, as unit 1—the last of its five units—was taken offline Wednesday, March 23, ending a 61-year history of power generation.

Wildflower Walks

Looking for beautiful blossoms this spring? You can do no better than the trails that run through the Small Wild Areas on TVA public lands. Here are six wildflower walks well worth your while.

Living Women's History: Marie Gillman

We're celebrating Women's History Month by talking to strong female leaders within TVA. In this exclusive Q + A, Marie Gillman, general manager of TVA Nuclear Projects, talks about being a role model in a what is still a male-dominated field.

Living Women's History: Janet Brewer

We're celebrating Women's History Month by talking to strong female leaders within TVA. In this exclusive Q + A, Janet Brewer, TVA's vice president of Communications and Marketing, talks about taking a leadership role and achieving excellence.

Fisherman’s Paradise

Lake Guntersville is a world-class destination for bass fisherman. Here’s why the lake is so good—and how TVA manages it for ongoing excellence. (Hint: It's all about the weeds.)

The Happiest Camping

Camping season is here. Want to make eco-friendliness part of your experience? Now you can, by choosing one of the 46 Tennessee Valley Camp-Right Campgrounds.

Meet the Dam Doctor

You may think drilling into a dam embankment is an odd way to check its health. To Kristen Smith, TVA senior program manager, core drilling is sometimes necessary to provide her with soil data to ensure that TVA dams will be healthy for decades to come.

TVA Goes to Space

TVA and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center both transformed sleepy southern regions into national economic powerhouses. Now the two organizations are teaming up to share information about energy generation and conservation.

Lay of the Land

TVA must make decisions about the best possible use of each parcel on its 293,000 acres of public land, which it does in its Reservoir Land Management Plans. Now, eight of those are under review and open for public comment.

TVA Cheers on Valley Robotics Team Heading to World Championship

TVA is cheering on The Illuminati, a Collierville, Tenn., high school robotics team, who will compete next month at the VEX Robotics World Championship after winning Tennessee state title.

Savings on TVA Fuel Costs Shared with Consumers

Fuel costs for 2016 thus far are 10 to 20 percent below the three-year average, thanks in part to abundant hydro power. Hydro production is our least-expensive generating resource.

Home-Front Defenders

When World War II came and the men of the Tennessee Valley answered their country’s call to service in the armed forces, a select corps of women stepped up to serve TVA.

18 Billion Kilowatt Hours of Carbon-Free Electricity…

Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant has generated 18 billion kilowatts over the last 650 days, and now is in a planned outage for maintenance refueling and upgrades.

TVA Sponsors Eagle Cams

Thanks in part to TVA, anyone can now watch live streaming video from two eagles’ nests in the Tennessee Valley: one in Bluff City, Tenn., and one in Johnson City, Tenn.

Geotechnical Core Drilling Begins at Chickamauga Dam

TVA will begin over-water core drilling at Chickamauga Dam to ensure the embankment is functioning as intended. The drilling does not harm the dam structure and the core holes are refilled and sealed.

Cumberland Helps County Avoid Water Outage

Quick action taken by Cumberland Fossil Plant averted a possible water outage for thousands of homes and businesses in Houston County, Tennessee and portions of two other counties.

Jefferson Middle School Sends Robotics Team to FLL World Finals

A robotics team from Oak Ridge, Tenn., will compete at the FIRST LEGO League world finals in St. Louis, Mo. after taking top honors at the East Tennessee FLL Robotics Championship, of which TVA is one of the co-sponsors.

Scenic Winter Hikes

Don’t let the chilly weather keep you off the trails. Sometimes the best views can be had when the leaves are off the trees. Here are three winter hikes you have to see to believe.

Relay Race

Robert M. Frye was determined to step up the pace with which TVA could replace aging transmission relays—even if he had to invent a solution. His efforts won him TVA’s 2016 Ike Zeringue Engineer of the Year award.

Save the Sicklefin Redhorse

This unique fish lives in the far eastern corner of the Tennessee Valley—and nowhere else in the world. As populations dwindle, TVA and its partners work to keep the species off the endangered list.

Two Valley Teams Advance to Robotics Championship

Two Tennessee Valley robotics teams will advance to the Georgia State Robotics Championship after recently competing at a TVA-sponsored FIRST Tech Robotics Competition in Huntsville, Ala.

Gallatin Dry Scrubbers Fully Operational

On February 7, the last of four dry scrubbers went into operation at Gallatin Fossil Plant after more than 35 months of construction. These scrubbers remove up to 98 percent of the sulfur dioxide that exits through the exhaust flue.

The TVA Quilt

A modernistic quilt, made in the 30s by wives of men working on Wheeler Dam near Muscle Shoals, Ala., represents support and guidance of the African-American community by TVA.

Watch Out! Robots in the Valley!

How do you get thousands of 10- to 18-year-olds excited about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education? HINT: Ask them to them build a robot.

Wild Weather? No Problem.

Winter storm Jonas had the potential to seriously disrupt TVA’s service throughout the Valley. But due to the professional and proactive efforts of many hard-working TVA employees, the overall impacts were minimal.

The Great Experiment

“In this enormous machine the balance wheel is human.” In a poetic 1933 article for Fortune magazine, author James Agee introduced the newly formed Tennessee Valley Authority to the world at large.

Valley Sustainable Communities

What does it mean to be a Valley Sustainable Community? It means meeting a triple bottom line: healthy environment, thriving community and economic prosperity.

Spin, Spill and Sluice

The month of December was record-breaking in terms of rain. The River Forecasting Center worked around the clock to release water through the reservoir system, spinning turbines, and sluicing and spilling water through the dams.

No Off-Season for Resource Stewardship

This time of year, you're likely to see TVA natural resource specialists out on our public land making improvements to protect the natural environment and enhance your recreation experience.

Get Your Light Right

Lighting accounts for 25 percent of your overall electricity bill, so switching from incandescent to CFL or LED bulbs can save you money. Here’s how to make a savvy switch with advice from EnergyRight® Solutions.

10 Top Tips for Winterproofing Your Home

Though this winter has thus far been unseasonably warm throughout the Valley, the cold weather is here at last. Save money and stay cozy by following these savvy suggestions from EnergyRight Solutions®.

Winter Wonders

Don't let a little cold weather keep you indoors. Get out there and discover the unique beauty and fun of TVA public land in winter. Here are five ways to do just that: photography, fishing, hiking, birdwatching and hunting.

2015 News

Carbon Competitiveness

With climate change increasingly making news, companies are competing on the strength of their carbon footprint. TVA’s Senior Manager for Climate Policy Karen Utt is doing groundbreaking work in carbon output accounting to help Valley companies establish a competitive edge.

Site Selectors Agree: Best States for Doing Business Are Located in the Valley

According to Area Development, the states that consistently rank high on the list of Top States for Doing Business know what it means to be successful in the field of economic development. Five of the top ten are located in the Tennessee Valley.

The Father of Public Power

Boyish in appearance but hardheaded and knowledgeable, David Lilienthal built the TVA power system according to one guiding principle: affordable power for everyone in the TVA region.

Raccoon Mountain Refill

With maintenance work on its pumped-storage plant complete, more than 100 million gallons of water are pumped from the Tennessee River back up the mountaintop reservoir. You have to see it to believe it.

Nashville Home is First “Perfect 10” in eScore Program

A home renovation project for a Nashville-area family is paying off not only in lower power bills, but also through incentives offered by the eScore residential energy efficiency program.

Let's Connect

TVA actively solicits feedback from the public; here's a brief guide to the many ways one might interface with the agency.

Hit the Trails

We are proud of all our trails, but here are three of our favorites: Cave Mountain Trail on Wheeler Reservoir, Johnson Ridge Trail on Cherokee Reservoir, Lady’s Bluff on Kentucky Reservoir.

Under [Barometric] Pressure

For winter storm season, TVA's reservoirs must be drawn down to absorb torrential rains. During big rain events, employees in the River Forecast Center monitor conditions 24/7 to circumvent flooding.

TVA Economic Development Efforts Spur $7.8 Billion in Investments in FY 2015

Tennessee Valley Authority Economic Development programs helped attract and retain more than 76,200 jobs and stimulated more than $7.8 billion in business investments in the Tennessee Valley region in fiscal year 2015.

Hunters Welcome!

Looking for a place to pursue your passion for hunting? TVA's undeveloped lands are great places to pursue the time-honored sport—and build memories that will last a lifetime.

Outdoors Made Accessible

Because TVA holds dear the missions of safety and service, it has upgraded picnic sites at 24 of its reservoirs to make them universally accessible.

Turning the Tides

TVA's River Forecast Center knows how to move water, and in December of 2015 saved Tennessee cities from more than $8 million in flood damages.

Raccoon Mountain Gets a Health Check

A mountaintop reservoir disappears as engineers inspect TVA’s signature pumped-storage plant, affording us a rare view of the inner workings of this marvel of engineering.

Watts Bar Unit 2 License A Critical Success

In one of the most critical steps on its path to commercial operations, Watts Bar Unit 2 has received an operating license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

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