Energy Utilization

Energy utilization focuses on technologies that can lead to new and potentially more efficient ways of using electricity in residential, commercial and industrial settingsā€”as well as in the transportation sector.

Current initiatives include:

  • Smart Houses: Seven test houses in Knoxville were built to evaluate residential building techniques, energy efficiency, demand response technologies and consumer smart grid concepts in a controlled, simulated occupancy research environment. Test results are being used to educate builders, developers and consumers. TVA recently completed a test on three homes built in the Knoxville area to test different levels of energy efficiency measures. Read more about Knoxville's Campbell Creek Homes.
  • Hyperefficient HVAC: TVA is partnering in a nationwide utility collaboration evaluating six hyperefficient technologies for residential and commercial applications, including ductless heat pumps and air conditioners; heat pump water heaters for homes; variable capacity air conditioning; LED street and area lighting; and efficient data centers for the commercial sector.
  • Grid-Empowered Consumers: TVA is conducting a comparative field test to evaluate the energy and demand savings potential of grid-enabled residential appliances in 20 test homes.
  • Electric Vehicle Readiness: TVA coordinates investment and activities with the Electric Power Research Institute and industry stakeholders to support plug-in vehicles grid integration and readiness, including assessing vehicle charging impacts, consumer behavior and infrastructure development. Read more about TVA's electric vehicles program.