The TVA Board of Directors, or its designee, shall ensure that the membership of the council is balanced and that it represents and includes a broad range of diverse views and interests, including recreational, environmental, industrial, business, consumer, educational, tribal and community leadership interests.
The Governors of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia will each be asked to nominate a member to the council, taking into account the need for a balanced and diverse membership.
TVA may appoint seven members nominated by the Governors and shall appoint up to 13 additional members. In the event that a Governor nominee is not timely received at the beginning of a new term, TVA may reappoint the previous Governor-nominated member to serve on an interim basis until a new Governor nominee is received.
The membership of the RRSC shall include at least three members representing local power companies and at least one member representing each of the following interests: a directly served customer of TVA, a beneficiary of TVA’s navigation program, a beneficiary of TVA’s flood control program, a recreational interest, a representative of a federally recognized Indian tribe who has an interest in the Tennessee Valley, and an environmental interest. TVA will appoint up to four additional members to ensure a balanced representation of a broad range of views.
Each member shall be appointed for a term of two years, except that any interim Governor nominee may be appointed to serve only until a new Governor nominee is received. Whenever a vacancy occurs, TVA may appoint a replacement for the remainder of the applicable term. The DFO shall designate one council member as the Chair.
Each member shall serve without compensation and shall not be considered an employee of TVA. However, members engaged in the performance of their council duties away from their homes or regular places of business may be allowed reimbursement for travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as authorized by 5 U.S.C. § 5703.