Potential Retirement of Bull Run Fossil Plant
Anderson County, Tennessee
Given the projected need for energy over the next several years, where flat to declining demand combines with more renewable energy resources and higher load swings, TVA must continuously evaluate all generating assets to ensure portfolio flexibility and fiscal responsibility to the people of the Valley. With less need for base load resources, assets that have relatively high projected future maintenance cost and environmental compliance expenditures, high forced outage rates and poor generation portfolio fit, are now the focus of more detailed study for potential retirement. The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Bull Run Fossil Plant (BRF) falls into this category of assets.
BRF is located in Anderson County, Tennessee. It is the only single-generator coal-fired power plant in the TVA system.
Due to the reasons stated above, TVA prepared an environmental assessment (EA) pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to assess the site-specific impacts of the potential retirement of BRF. The draft EA was released for a 30-day public comment period from November 19 – December 19, 2018. On February 11, 2019, after consideration of all comments received on the draft EA, TVA issued the final EA and Finding of No Significant Impact on the potential retirement of the BRF.
Comprehensive analysis, including the NEPA evaluation for the retirement of BRF, will be used to inform the TVA Board as TVA plans its future power supply.
More information on this environmental review can be obtained from: