Sustainability for TVA means ensuring our ability to provide the people of the Tennessee Valley with low-cost and reliable electricity, a healthy environment and a prosperous economy—without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same.
Today, the three Es—energy, environmental stewardship and economic development—continue to drive everything we do to sustain the Tennessee Valley region. We hew to our original mission to “serve the people to make life better” as laid out by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt when he signed to TVA Act in 1933.
“TVA generation is clean and getting cleaner – 54% of our energy supply is from carbon-free sources, making TVA a leader in reducing CO2 emissions. By the end of 2020, TVA carbon emissions will be down 60% from 2005 levels, with the goal of a 70% reduction by 2030, while continuing our commitment to provide affordable and reliable energy in support of sustainable economic growth in the Tennessee Valley.”—Rebecca Tolene, V.P. Environment and TVA Chief Sustainability Officer
We carry out our mission through the adoption of policies, strategies and programs that support our dedication to sustainability—today and for the future. Among these are:
This synergistic and forward-thinking policy lays forth TVA’s plan for environmental stewardship and compliance, technology innovation and a growing renewable energy portfolio. The goal is to provide cleaner, reliable and affordable energy to support sustainable growth in the Tennessee Valley and to engage in environmental stewardship in a balanced and ecologically sound manner. Read more about TVA's Environmental Policy.
Natural Resource Plan
TVA is unique among power generators in that it was created not only to empower the economic aspects of its service region, but to protect its natural resources as well. This plan addresses TVA’s management of biological, cultural and water resources; recreational reservoir land planning; and public engagement. The goal, always, is to find the optimal public benefit of each action TVA takes. Read more about the Natural Resource Plan.
Federal Sustainability Plan
TVA issues updates to its Federal Sustainability Plan under Executive Order 13834, Efficient Federal Operations. The executive order (EO), signed by President Trump in May 2018, challenges TVA and other federal agencies to develop, implement and annually update sustainability plans in a manner which increases efficiency, optimizes performance, eliminates unnecessary use of resources and protects the environment. Even before the passage of this EO and other legislation on energy efficiency at federal facilities, TVA had a long history of reducing its building energy use.
Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan
TVA maintains its Climate Change Adaptation Plan as a cohesive part of its major planning processes—including integrated resource management and natural resource and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) planning. Climate change adaptation planning allows TVA to identify possible impacts to mission achievement, assess potential consequences and ability to mitigate climate change, develop adaptation planning action, ensure resources are invested wisely and support the federal government's leadership role in sustainability. Read more about the Climate Change Adaptation Plan.
Integrated Resource Plan
Building on that service commitment, the Integrated Resource Plan provides a roadmap for making decisions about how TVA can meet future demand for power in new and innovative ways. Considering costs, environmental factors, reliability, regulations and energy efficiency, the plan will determine how TVA's energy portfolio will look in the future. Read more about the Integrated Resource Plan.
EEI Environmental, Social and Governance Report
TVA published its first Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) report for the financial community using the utility-focused and investor-driven reporting template developed by the Edison Electric Institute (EEI). View TVA's EEI ESG report.
Drivers of Sustainability for TVA
Customers and Stakeholders: Many directly served customers and customers of our LPCs currently have annual CO2 goals and reporting requirements which include GHG emissions from their consumption of purchased electricity.
Utility Industry Direction and Competition: As distributed energy, energy efficiency and smart technology enter the marketplace, utilities must think differently to survive.
Federal Executive Order Directives: TVA must comply with several sustainability-related Executive Orders including EO 13834, Efficient Federal Operations, and EO 13653, Preparing the U.S. for the Impacts of Climate Change.