Integrated Resource Plan
TVA periodically updates our power generation strategy. The purpose of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is to identify the portfolio most likely to help TVA lead the region and the nation toward a cleaner and more secure energy future, relying more on nuclear power and energy efficiency and relying less on coal.
The first step is to understand the environment we're planning in. We call this scoping. We ask the general public, our customers, and our partners and regulators about their concerns regarding the sources we use to generate power (fossil fuels, renewables, nuclear, etc.), how we reduce demand (energy efficiency programs, time-of-use pricing, environmental impact, etc.) and how we deliver power (transmission, environmental impact, pricing, etc). To learn more about how our generating plants operate, visit the energy section of this web site. Then we consider social factors that would also impact our generation (poor economy, unforecastable weather scenarios, less expensive technologies, etc.).
We held two public meetings in October and November of 2013 to gather input on the scope of the planning process and associated EIS. The presentation given at those meetings is available for viewing and download below.
Public Scoping Presentation
Download (PDF, 5.8 mb)
With this information we develop scenarios that are evaluated for viability and environmental impact. With the information received from the public and partners during scoping, TVA will develop a Draft integrated resource plan and a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) that assess the environmental impacts of the scenarios proposed in the draft integrated resource plan. These documents will be available in the fall of 2014.
TVA will request public comments on the draft environmental impact statement and draft integrated resource plan. Those comments will be included in the assessments that will lead to the offering of alternatives, and the preferred alternative, to be published in the final integrated resource plan. A final environmental assessment of the alternatives and the preferred alternative are targeted for the spring of 2015. The preferred alternative will then be considered by the TVA Board of Directors.
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Notice of Intent (PDF, 200 kb)
For more information on the environmental impact statement contact:
Charles P. Nicholson
National Environmental Policy Act Project Manager
Tennessee Valley Authority
400 West Summit Hill Dr., WT 11D
Knoxville, TN 37902