2019 Integrated Resource Plan

TVA has begun work on the 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP)—a comprehensive study that provides direction on how to best meet future electricity demand. Building upon the work done in prior plans, TVA has started the 2019 IRP to proactively address the changing utility marketplace.

The 2019 IRP will explore various scenarios related to expansion of distributed energy resources (DER) in the Tennessee Valley. We will also seek to improve TVA’s understanding of the impact and benefit of system flexibility with increasing renewable and distributed resources.

The IRP will consider many views of the future to determine how TVA can continue to provide low-cost, reliable electricity; support environmental stewardship; and spur economic development in the Valley over the next 20 years.

As part of the IRP decision-making process, and in alignment with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), TVA will analyze potential environmental implications associated with an updated IRP by issuing an environmental impact statement (EIS).

Engagement with customers and stakeholders is a vital part of developing the IRP. As in the 2015 IRP, TVA is productively collaborating with the IRP Working Group and the Regional Energy Resource Council (RERC). Additionally, we will continue to offer opportunities for engagement, including public meetings, webinars and comment periods.

Developing the IRP will allow TVA to plan our system in a way that allows TVA, in partnership with local power companies, to continue to keep bills low for all Valley residents.

2019 IRP Working Group Composition

The 2019 IRP Working Group includes both customer and stakeholder representatives.

There are eight customer representatives, including:

  • Three local power companies
  • Three industrial customers
  • Two organizations representing local power companies and industrial customers

There are 12 stakeholder representatives, including:

  • Three energy and environmental non‐governmental organizations
  • Three from research and academia with expertise in distributed energy resources (DERs)
  • Two from state government
  • Two representing economic development
  • Two representing community and sustainability interests

Public Involvement

A 60-day EIS public scoping period ran from Feb. 15 to April 16, 2018. Comments received during the scoping period help lay the foundation for development of the IRP and EIS. The comments will be described in a report that TVA will post on its website later this year.

Public webinars will be provided approximately every three months to keep the public informed about the progress of the 2019 IRP and EIS. When the draft IRP and EIS are ready in February 2019, TVA will post them online and request comments. TVA will publish the final EIS and IRP in Summer 2019.

TVA hosted the first 2019 IRP quarterly webinar on May 15, 2018. Slides from the webinar are available on this website under “Public Meeting Updates,” and questions and answers are addressed in the FAQs at the link below.

Documents

Scoping

Public Meeting Updates

2019 IRP Working Group Meetings Materials

Contacts

For more information about the 2019 IRP study contact:

Hunter Hydas
Enterprise Planning
1101 Market Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 751-2453

Amy Henry
Enterprise Relations + Innovation
400 West Summit Hill Dr., WT 9D
Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 632-4045

Ashley Pilakowski
NEPA Project Manager
400 W. Summit Hill Dr., WT 11D
Knoxville, TN  37902

IRP@tva.gov

Quarterly Public Webinar About IRP Held Sept. 10

TVA held a Quarterly Public Webinar for the 2019 IRP on Sept. 10, 2018. The Webinar recording is below.

During the Webinar, TVA reviewed the 2019 IRP project and its role in helping determine the Valley’s energy future. TVA also provided information on its IRP work to date; public scoping and the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS); TVA’s social media efforts related to the IRP; and next steps in the IRP process. The public question-and-answer period is included on the Webinar recording.

Please note: Due to technical difficulty, the Webinar recording starts during the first presentation. The few introductory slides that were missed in the recording are available at the beginning of the PowerPoint presentation.

TVA Publishes 2019 IRP Scoping Report

On Aug. 1, 2018, TVA published the 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) Scoping Report that includes public comments related to TVA’s work on the IRP and related Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The scoping report includes information about how the IRP and EIS are being developed, and captures public comments TVA received online, by mail and at public meetings during the 60-day scoping period that ran from Feb. 14 to Apr. 16, 2018. Click here to read the full report.

2015 Integrated Resource Plan

In August 2015, the TVA Board of Directors adopted the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which provided a direction for how TVA would meet the long-term energy needs of the Tennessee Valley region. This document and the associated Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement evaluated scenarios and strategies for providing electricity through 2033. Click here to read more about the 2015 Integrated Resource Plan.

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