TVA in Alabama


Energy Sales

  • In fiscal year 2015, TVA sold 18.4 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity to 17 municipal and eight cooperatively owned utilities that distribute TVA power in Alabama.
  • More than 490,000 households in 17 northern Alabama counties bought more than 7.9 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity from the utilities in 2015.
  • Over 98,500 commercial and industrial customers in Alabama purchased about 9.4 billion kilowatt-hours. In addition, utilities in Alabama sold over 239 million kilowatt-hours to outdoor-lighting customers.
  • Alabama is home to 11 directly served customers of TVA that purchased over 5.25 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in fiscal year 2015.
  • TVA’s power revenues in Alabama totaled more than $1.5 billion in 2015, or about 13.8 percent of TVA operating revenues.

Service Area

  • Local power companies who distribute TVA power serve the following Alabama counties: Calhoun, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston.
  • The TVA service area in Alabama covers about 8,980 square miles, about 10 percent of TVA’s territory and 17 percent of Alabama. This includes an electricity service area of 8,658 square miles and a watershed management area of 6,828 square miles.

Power Generation and Transmission

  • In Alabama, TVA operated three hydroelectric dams (Guntersville, Wheeler and Wilson), two coal-fired generating plants (Widows Creek* and Colbert), one nuclear power plant (Browns Ferry) and one natural gas-fueled combustion turbine site (Colbert) during the 2015 fiscal year. *Widows Creek ceased operation in October 2015.
  • TVA operates two solar facilities in Alabama—a 23-kilowatt site at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens and a 25-kilowatt site at the Florence wastewater treatment facility.
  • TVA owns or maintains 79 substations and/or switchyards and 2,394 miles of transmission line in Alabama.

Land and Water Stewardship

  • Guntersville, Wheeler, Wilson and Pickwick reservoirs in northern Alabama have a combined surface area of about 200,000 acres and about 2,700 miles of shoreline.
  • Bear Creek, Upper Bear Creek, Little Bear Creek and Cedar Creek reservoirs in northwestern Alabama have a combined surface area of 8,000 acres and about 250 miles of shoreline.
  • TVA manages recreational, natural and cultural resources on more than 90,000 acres of public land around these reservoirs and partners with state, local and regional stakeholders to improve water quality, shoreline conditions, recreation and biodiversity. TVA also maintains five stream access sites.
  • Alabama residents enjoy camping, fishing, boating, swimming and other recreational opportunities provided by these reservoirs, as well as economic benefits resulting from recreation and tourism. The Rockpile Recreation Area has undergone significant renovations including a new playground that models Wilson Dam and the surrounding landscape.
  • TVA developed two visitor opportunities in 2015. A pergola near the fence at the power house of Wilson Dam tells the story of the birth of TVA and the critical role Wilson Dam played in that story. Panels at the end of the walkway give operational facts about the dam and the retired turbine in the parking lot behind the fence. At Guntersville Dam, a new structure on the south side of the river near the power house explains similar information. Both areas are accessible year-round.

River Management

  • TVA maintains the structural, seismic and hydraulic integrity of seven dams in Alabama, including three hydroelectric dams on the main channel of the Tennessee River and four non-generating dams in the Bear Creek watershed.
  • TVA manages flows to support thermal compliance at our coal-fired and nuclear plants.
  • TVA operates the dams and reservoirs in Alabama as part of an integrated multi-purpose reservoir system to provide numerous stakeholders a variety of benefits which can include: navigation, flood risk reduction, low-cost hydropower, water supply, water quality and recreational opportunities.
  • TVA owns six locks in Alabama that serve 60 Alabama ports and terminals. Approximately 23.6 million tons of cargo moves through the facilities annually.
  • TVA dams and reservoirs in Alabama are operated in conjunction with others in the TVA system to store floodwater for controlled release. Operation of this system helps avert an average of $230 million in flood damage per year.
  • Twenty-three municipalities and 11 industries in Alabama draw water from the Tennessee River system. Water also is drawn for power-plant cooling and irrigation.
  • TVA schedules releases from Upper Bear Creek Dam in northwestern Alabama to support canoeing and kayaking on the Bear Creek floatway.

Other TVA Operations

  • The TVA Power Services Shops provide cost-effective maintenance of power system components and large industrial equipment.
  • Alabama households had 4.83 million kilowatt-hours of electric energy efficiency savings from the completion of 1,778 eScore measures, the purchase of 75,128 bulbs through the Retail Lighting Promotion and approximately 2,158 self-audits taken online or by paper survey.


About 2,225 employees and roughly 4,600 TVA retirees and their families employees live in Alabama.

Tax Equivalent Payments

 TVA paid $102.5 million in lieu of taxes to Alabama in 2015, based on power sales and power property values in the state

Economic Development

TVA works with local power companies, directly served customers and regional, state and community organizations to create economic development opportunities in the TVA region. Economic development focuses on attracting and retaining jobs, capital investment and serving and supporting communities to prepare for economic growth. During fiscal year 2015, 4,500 jobs were created and retained in Alabama and $994 million was invested.

TVA Suppliers

In fiscal year 2015, TVA purchased $219.3 million in nonfuel materials and services from Alabama vendors.