ADVISORY: Today’s Telepresser on TVA’s Allen Coal Plant

Guest Blog | August 11, 2014 | Press Releases

Advocates will discuss comments on draft environmental assessment and their proposal to bring clean energy sources on-line

Jennifer Rennicks, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, 865-235-1448 or [email protected]
Jonathan Levenshus, Sierra Club, (202) 590-0893 or [email protected]
Tish Tablan, Southern Environmental Law Center, (434) 218-7650, [email protected]

Listen to a recording of this tele presser here.

KNOXVILLE, TN — On Monday, August 11, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), Sierra Club and Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), will discuss their joint comments on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) draft environmental assessment for the Allen coal plant in Memphis. Last month, the utility proposed replacing Allen’s coal-burning units with a new major natural gas facility without fairly considering the possible integration of clean energy alternatives, like wind energy and solar power, and other cost-effective solutions. The TVA Board of Directors is expected to make a decision on the plant’s future at its quarterly meeting on August 21 in Knoxville.


What: During this telepresser, a coalition of environmental groups will share and discuss their analysis and recently-filed comments that support replacing the Allen coal units with a combination of renewable energy generation and upgrades to the current power system, in addition to adding a smaller capacity gas plant on-site. TVA’s draft environmental assessment failed to evaluate these options, instead only looking at various combinations of gas capacity to meet the power needs in the Memphis area. The groups will explain why their proposal is the best way to satisfy the region’s energy needs in a low-cost, reliable, and environmentally-sound manner.


When: Monday, August 11, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET // 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. CT


Dial in: Reporters can call in using 866-952-1908; Conference ID: TVA

A recording of the telepresser is available after the call here.

Please RSVP to [email protected]



Scott Banbury; Conservation Coordinator; Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club

Anne Davis; Managing Attorney, Nashville Office; SELC

Stephen Smith; Executive Director; SACE

John D. Wilson; Research Director; SACE