TVA Opens Public Comment Period On Scope Of Integrated Resource Plan Update

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Tennessee Valley Authority kicked off a public comment period on Feb. 15, related to the initial process phase for updating its Integrated Resource Plan, the agency’s long-term energy resource strategy. 

To ensure that the full range of issues and a comprehensive portfolio of energy resources are addressed, TVA invites members of the public, customers, businesses, employees, environmental organizations and community leaders, as well as federal, state and local agencies, to comment on the scope of the IRP and the associated programmatic Environmental Impact Statement. 

The public comment period will run 60 days, closing on April 16. 

“We strongly believe in a transparent and public-friendly process in developing our Integrated Resource Plan because it impacts every Tennessee Valley resident we serve,” said Laura Campbell, vice president of Enterprise Planning. 

"The diverse perspectives and opinions we gain make our plans stronger, so it’s important that those who want to share their thoughts with us have the opportunity to do so.” 

The updated IRP will assess the previous planning direction presented in the 2015 IRP and reflect significant changes in the energy industry over the past three years, including flat to declining load growth, advances in the development of renewable and distributed energy resources, and the integration of those resources in the electric grid. 

TVA anticipates the major issues to be addressed in the IRP study and the associated EIS will include the cost and reliability of energy resources, the availability and use of renewable and distributed resources, the effect of energy efficiency programs, and the relationship of costs and the economy to all of these options. 

To gain greater public participation, a number of opportunities have been scheduled to learn more about the IRP process and directly interact with staff members, including: 

Feb. 21, 11 a.m. – noon EST: Webinar. Please register in advance of the meeting at

Feb. 27, 5:30 – 7p.m. EST: Educational open house at the Westin, 801 Pine St., Chattanooga

March 5, 5:30 – 7 p.m. CST: Educational open house at Memphis Light Gas & Water’s 1st Floor Auditorium, 220 S. Main St, Memphis, Tenn. (Validated parking provided at garage across the street.) 

Those with special needs who wish to attend either open house should contact TVA at least a week in advance at 1-865-632-6113.

Alexander Says Record Funding For Most Important Federal Program That Supports ORNL

United States Senator Lamar Alexander Wednesday said the government funding bill increases funding for the most important federal program – the Office of Science – that supports work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the third consecutive year, and sets a new record funding level in a regular appropriations bill. The bill also includes significant funding increases in supercomputing ... (click for more)

Alexander Says Funding Bill Includes $663 Million For Uranium Processing Facility

United States Senator Lamar Alexander Wednesday said the government funding bill provides $663 million for the Uranium Processing Facility at the Y-12 National Security Complex -- one of the largest construction sites in the country -- with an overall budget of $6.5 billion and scheduled to be completed in 2025. The bill also provides $639 million for cleanup of former Cold War ... (click for more)

Alexander Says Chickamauga Lock Construction Fully Funded For 4th Consecutive Year

Senator Lamar Alexander on Wednesday said the government funding bill will fully fund construction of Chickamauga Lock for the fourth consecutive year, providing up to $78 million – which is more than twice the amount of funding the project received last year.   Senator Alexander said he has made completion of Chickamauga Lock one of his top priorities as chairman ... (click for more)

Former Juvenile Court Magistrate Says Gay Marriage Is "Nothing You Put In Air Quotes"

A former magistrate at Juvenile Court, who claims she was fired by Judge Rob Philyaw because she is openly gay, said Wednesday that gay marriage "is nothing you put in air quotes." She referred to County Attorney Rheubin Taylor asking her about her ceremony in marrying another woman and raising his hands to form quote marks. Elizabeth Gentzler is suing Hamilton County, Judge ... (click for more)

Avoid Underage Drinking And Other Prom Drama

My high school prom took a dramatic turn when two guys got their tuxedo jackets mixed up. One of them belonged to my date, who kindly offered to keep my wallet in his pocket. That’s the jacket another young man mistakenly grabbed off the back of a chair before heading to an underage drinking party that got shut down by police well after midnight—as kids scattered in every direction.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Sheriff’s Request

Jim Hammond will talk to members of the Hamilton County School Board on Thursday afternoon and, just like any police officer in the United States, he will request that everybody “stay in their own lane.” Some school board members tend to believe they need to help decide the best methods of protecting our children. They believe this is one of the things they were elected to do in ... (click for more)