TVA Engaging Public for Input on Next Integrated Resource Plan
- TVA is preparing for its next Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which is expected to be completed in 2024.
- The IRP serves as a guide to how the agency can best meet energy demand in the coming decades. The process includes public input and engagement, under the National Environmental Policy Act or NEPA, preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) that will review the potential environmental impacts of the IRP.
- Public comments on the scope of that document are being accepted through Monday, July 3, 2023.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Valley Authority is engaging the public for input on what should be considered in the agency’s next Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and the potential environmental impacts of that plan.
An IRP serves as a compass, guiding the federal utility on how to best meet expected energy demand in the coming decades. The current IRP was completed in 2019. This next IRP is expected to be completed in 2024.
“TVA serves one of the fastest growing regions in the nation – people are moving to our seven-state service area at six times the national average for better jobs and quality of life,” said Jeff Lyash, TVA President and CEO. “This growth is exciting, but it also carries with it load growth for TVA. We must continue providing our communities and customers with energy security – energy that is affordable, reliable and resilient – while also being clean. That’s why it’s important to take a detailed look at where we’re headed through an integrated resource plan.”
The comprehensive study includes describing TVA’s resource needs, policy goals, physical and operational constraints, risks, and proposed resource choices. Stakeholders are engaged throughout the process, reviewing the planning information and shaping the analysis and outcomes. More information can be found at tva.com/irp.
“The IRP process is critical in ensuring we have input from all voices -- our customers, stakeholders, and public -- in preparing energy options to serve our region long term,” added Lyash.
As part of the IRP decision-making process, and in alignment with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), TVA will analyze potential environmental impacts associated with the next IRP by preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS). The Notice of Intent (NOI), published in the Federal Register on May 19, 2023, and available at tva.com/irp, is the first step in the NEPA process and the IRP.
TVA is accepting public comments on the next IRP and the scope of the environmental review. Comments must be submitted no later than Monday, July 3, 2023. All comments received, including names and addresses, will be considered part of the official record and available to the public.
Comments and input can be submitted online at tva.com/irp, by email to [email protected] and by mail to Kelly Baxter, NEPA Project Manager, 400 W. Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B, Knoxville, Tenn. 37902.
TVA is also hosting two virtual webinars – one on Tuesday, May 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. EDT and another on Wednesday, June 7 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. EDT - to provide more information and answer questions about the EIS and the IRP process. Visit tva.com/irp for more information on the virtual public meetings.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is the nation’s largest public power supplier, delivering energy to 10 million people across seven southeastern states. TVA was established 90 years ago to serve this region and the nation by developing innovative solutions to solve complex challenges. TVA’s unique mission focuses on energy, environmental stewardship, and economic development. With one of the largest, most diverse, and cleanest energy systems – including nuclear, hydro, solar, gas, and advanced technologies – TVA is a leader in our nation’s drive toward a clean energy future.
TVA is a corporate agency of the United States, receiving no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation, and land management for the Tennessee River system, and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.
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