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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More precipitation in the new year improves drought conditions and hydro generation, even though runoff levels are playing catch-up.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
In closing and covering an ash stack at retired Colbert Fossil Plant, TVA creates not only safety but also scenery.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Even during inspection and repair, the Watts Bar switchyard is supplying 1,100 megawatts of clean energy to the people of the Valley.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mission accomplished! With Shelby County, Tenn., in compliance, the entire Tennessee Valley now meets the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2008 standard for ozone.
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.
Antique and classic boats harken back to the time when recreational watercraft with nicknames like “Little Funhouse” and “Eleanor” filled the Tennessee River.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ever wonder what powers the Tennessee Valley’s many STEM-related student robotics programs? Nuclear… wind… solar… hamster wheels? Nope. It's volunteers.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
What does it mean to be a Valley Sustainable Community? It means meeting a triple bottom line: healthy environment, thriving community and economic prosperity.
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.
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.
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.
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®.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TVA actively solicits feedback from the public; here's a brief guide to the many ways one might interface with the agency.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’ve reimagined TVA.com to give you—the user—a whole new experience of our website.