Sustainability for TVA means ensuring our ability to provide the people of the Tennessee Valley with low-cost and reliable electricity, a healthy environment and a prosperous economy—without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same.

Today, the three Es—energy, environmental stewardship and economic development—continue to drive everything we do to sustain the Tennessee Valley region. We hew to our original mission to “serve the people to make life better” as laid out by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt when he signed to TVA Act in 1933.

“TVA provides cleaner, reliable and affordable energy to support sustainable economic growth in the Tennessee Valley and to engage in proactive environmental stewardship in a balanced and ecologically sound manner.” —Brenda Brickhouse, V.P. Environmental and Energy Policy and TVA Chief Sustainability Officer

We carry out our mission through the adoption of policies, strategies and programs that support our dedication to sustainability—today and for the future. Among these are:

Environmental Policy

This synergistic and forward-thinking policy lays forth TVA’s plan for environmental stewardship and compliance, technology innovation and a growing renewable energy portfolio. The goal is to provide cleaner, reliable and affordable energy to support sustainable growth in the Tennessee Valley and to engage in environmental stewardship in a balanced and ecologically sound manner. Read more about TVA's Environmental Policy.

Natural Resource Plan

TVA is unique among power generators in that it was created not only to empower the economic aspects of its service region, but to protect its natural resources as well. This plan addresses TVA’s management of biological, cultural and water resources; recreational reservoir land planning; and public engagement. The goal, always, is to find the optimal public benefit of each action TVA takes. Read more about the Natural Resource Plan.

Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan (SSPP)

As a federal agency TVA has integrated the goals of Executive Order 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade into its existing business operations. The overall goal of this executive order (EO) is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions among federal agencies by 40 percent over the next decade. TVA’s Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan is updated annually to report progress towards the EO 13693 goals. Progress is also reported in the Sustainability and Energy Scorecard issued by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Read more about the Strategic Sustainable Performance Plan and the OMB Scorecard.

Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan

TVA maintains its Climate Change Adaptation Plan as a cohesive part of its major planning processes—including integrated resource management and natural resource and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) planning. Climate change adaptation planning allows TVA to identify possible impacts to mission achievement, assess potential consequences and ability to mitigate climate change, develop adaptation planning action, ensure resources are invested wisely and support the federal government's leadership role in sustainability. Read more about the Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan.

Integrated Resource Plan

Building on that service commitment, the Integrated Resource Plan provides a roadmap for making decisions about how TVA can meet future demand for power in new and innovative ways. Considering costs, environmental factors, reliability, regulations and energy efficiency, the plan will determine how TVA's energy portfolio will look in the future. Read more about the Integrated Resource Plan.

TVA’s Changing Power Portfolio

As you can see in the charts below, generated by its Power Operations group, TVA is working tirelessly to move toward a sustainable mix of lean and green power production, emphasizing energy efficiency, nuclear and renewables and de-emphasizing reliance on fossil fuels—in particular, coal.

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Drivers of Sustainability for TVA

Customers and Stakeholders: Many directly served customers and customers of our LPCs currently have annual CO2 goals and reporting requirements which include GHG emissions from their consumption of purchased electricity.

Utility Industry Direction and Competition: As distributed energy, energy efficiency and smart technology enter the marketplace, utilities must think differently to survive.

Federal Executive Order Directives: TVA must comply with several sustainability-related Executive Orders including EO 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, and EO 13653, Preparing the U.S. for the Impacts of Climate Change.

Regulatory Requirements: Such as the Energy Conservation Policy Act, the Energy Independence Security Act (EISA 2007), and the Energy Policy Act (EPA Act 05).