Cheatham County Generation Site
Cheatham County, Tennessee
Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement
TVA is publishing a Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to address the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed construction and operation of a simple cycle Combustion Turbine (CT) plant and Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) on a 286-acre parcel of TVA-owned land in Cheatham County, Tennessee. The Cheatham County Generation Site (CHG) would generate approximately 900 Megawatts (MW) and replace generation capacity for a portion of the Cumberland Fossil Plant (CUF) second Unit retirement planned by the end of 2028. The addition of the proposed 400 MW-hour BESS could also help TVA maintain grid stability and reliability as generating assets with greater minute-by-minute variability are integrated into TVA’s transmission system (e.g. wind and solar generating assets).
TVA anticipates that the scope of the EIS will evaluate a No Action Alternative and an Action Alternative. The No Action alternative provides a baseline for comparing against the Action Alternative. Under the No Action Alternative, TVA would not develop the TVA-owned property in Cheatham County for energy generation. The Action Alternative would evaluate the development of the CHG property for construction and operation of a CT interconnected with a BESS. The CHG property would also include an approximately 13-acre Pollinator Habitat along Sycamore Creek. Related actions, such as the construction of a 12-mile natural gas pipeline lateral and off-site transmission lines, will also be assessed in this EIS.
Public Scoping Period May 12, 2023 – June 27, 2023
TVA is inviting public comments on the scope of the EIS, alternatives being considered, and environmental issues that should be addressed as a part of this EIS. TVA’s public scoping period will conclude on June 27, 2023. Comments may be submitted online, by email at [email protected], or in writing to the address listed below. To ensure consideration, comments must be postmarked, emailed or submitted online no later than June 27, 2023.
In-person Open House
TVA will host an in-person open house on June 21, 6 – 8:00 p.m. Central at the David McCullough Community Room, which is located at 334 Frey Street, Ashland City, Tennessee, 37015.
Aging Coal Fleet Evaluation (May 2021)
More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:
J. Taylor Johnson
NEPA Compliance Specialist
1101 Market Street, BR2C-C
Chattanooga, TN 37402