TVA Seeks Public Input on Renewable Solutions
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking the public to provide input on a draft Environmental Assessment for private-scale renewable offerings.
The TVA board approved the closure of new applications to the Green Power Providers program effective Jan. 1, 2020, pending completion of appropriate environmental review in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. All current GPP customers will continue participation through the term of their agreements.
In 2003, TVA launched Generation Partners pilot program that later evolved into the GPP program to stimulate the growth of small-scale renewable energy systems. Today, TVA sources renewable energy from nearly 4,000 locations across seven states and nearly 60 percent of the electricity TVA generates is carbon-free. To build on GPP’s success, TVA is reviewing its renewable solutions to benefit consumers by aligning customer needs with market conditions and evolving technologies while minimizing cost shifting to non-participants.
The draft EA evaluates the anticipated environmental impacts of three alternatives: continuing the GPP program unchanged; closing GPP and providing no replacement program; and closing GPP and implementing a new private-scale renewable service offering. The draft EA is available at tva.com/nepa.
Comments on the draft EA should be submitted or postmarked no later than Nov. 8, 2019. Comments can be submitted online at tva.com/nepa, by email to [email protected], or in writing to Matthew Higdon, NEPA Specialist, Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B, Knoxville, TN 37902.
Please note that all comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record and available for public inspection.
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