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Clean Energy Group Responds to TVA’s Draft Integrated Resource Plan


Comments Urge TVA to Consider the Falling Price of Clean Energy, Affordability of Energy Efficiency in Final Plan

Contact: Jennifer Rennicks, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, 865-235-1448,


Knoxville, Tenn. (April 28, 2015) – Yesterday, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) filed technical comments on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) draft 2015 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which details how the federal utility will generate electricity in the future. A cover letter summarizes SACE’s general concerns with full technical comments available here.

The draft plan takes significant steps in the right direction, such as confirming that TVA can readily reduce emissions to facilitate state compliance with EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. However, there are still serious concerns about the development of clean energy resources in the Valley that must be addressed before TVA’s Board of Directors approves a final plan at its August Board meeting.

As a member of TVA’s IRP Working Group, SACE, along with energy industry experts and other clean energy advocates, supplied TVA with current established data on the benefits of and reduced costs for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, such as wind and solar, during the IRP drafting process. This information demonstrated why these clean energy resources are the most affordable and prudent choices for generating electricity in the Tennessee Valley.

Dr. Stephen A. Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, issued this statement:

“We applaud TVA for the hard work and robust engagement with stakeholders exhibited throughout this multi-year planning process and look forward to continuing to engage with TVA as it finalizes its 2015 IRP.

In its current draft form, the IRP fails to take advantage of all low-cost opportunities that would help TVA customers’ lower electricity bills and foster a robust, clean energy economy in the Valley. Many utilities are finding that by combining wind, solar, and energy efficiency resources effectively, they are able to replace the need for new, costly natural gas power plants and significantly reduce overall fuel costs.”