Electric Energy Options Hold Great Promise for the Tennessee Valley Authority

EMD-78-91: Published: Nov 29, 1978. Publicly Released: Nov 29, 1978.

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Since its creation in 1933, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has evolved into the largest steam coal consumer and electric power producer in the nation. If present plans are completed, it will also be the largest producer of nuclear power. This report, which is the first major review of the TVA power program since 1959, assesses the TVA energy-related problems in terms of numerous national policies related to energy conservation, demand management, expanded use of coal, growth of nuclear power, increased use of renewable resources, and maintenance of environmental quality.

TVA needs different programs and priorities if it is to reflect national energy goals and continue its role as an energy leader and yardstick.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed

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    Matter: Congress should revise the TVA charter to charge the authority with leading electricity-management plans and programs development, encouraging energy conservation and efficient production and use of energy, encouraging renewable resources use, and ensuring adequate public involvement in energy planning and policymaking.

Recommendation for Executive Action

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    Recommendation: In order to improve the TVA planning and decisionmaking process and to provide criteria by which TVA can be better evaluated, TVA should: (1) prepare a long-range comprehensive plan, minimum of 25 years, with specific short-term goals to be presented to the President and Congress; (2) prepare several 25-year electricity demand projections emphasizing energy conservation and the use of renewable resources; (3) collect more detailed information on all users and uses of electricity; and (4) undertake a variety of energy supply and demand alternatives which should be included in the comprehensive plan.

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