TVA Invites Comments On Environmental Review for Wind Site
February 9, 2010
The Tennessee Valley Authority is preparing an Environmental Assessment to consider potential environmental effects of obtaining wind power from the proposed Ashley Wind Energy Project in North Dakota.
“TVA is working to reduce its environmental footprint through demand reduction and by increasing clean energy resources in its generation mix,” said Senior Vice President of Environment and Technology Anda Ray.
TVA has contracted with CPV Ashley Renewable Energy Co. LLC to buy up to approximately 200 megawatts of power production capacity for a 20-year period from the facility north of Ashley in McIntosh County, N.D. The project would consist of 67 to 133 wind turbines.
The purchase is contingent upon completion of a review of the potential environmental impacts of the construction and operation of the Ashley Wind Energy Project.
TVA encourages the public to participate in the environmental review process. Written or e‑mail comments on the scope of the environmental review and its alternatives can be submitted through March 8, 2010. More information is on the TVA Web site at www.tva.com/environment/reports/index.htm
The public also will be invited to review and comment on the draft environmental document when it is available in late spring or early summer 2010.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for utility and business customers in most of Tennessee and parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia – an area of 80,000 square miles with a population of 9 million. TVA operates 29 hydroelectric dams, 11 coal-fired power plants, three nuclear plants and 11 natural gas-fired power facilities and supplies up to 36,000 megawatts of electricity, delivered over 16,000 miles of high-voltage power lines. TVA also provides flood control, navigation, land management and recreation for the Tennessee River system and works with local utilities and state and local governments to promote economic development across the region. TVA, which makes no profits and receives no taxpayer money, is funded by sales of electricity to its customers. Electricity prices in TVA’s service territory are below the national average.
Scott Brooks, (865) 632-8031
TVA News Bureau, Knoxville (865) 632-6000