Shaking Up the TVA Board Could Lead to a More Equitable, Cleaner Energy Transition

Biden Nominates Leaders from Clean Energy and Labor Sector

April 20, 2021
Contact: Amy Rawe, SACE, 865-235-1448, [email protected]

Knoxville, Tenn. – Today the Biden administration nominated Beth Geer, Robert Klein, Kimberly Lewis, and Michelle Moore to the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) is encouraged that the Biden Administration has nominated four individuals to serve communities of the Tennessee Valley by guiding TVA to lead the nation by setting a plan to decarbonize this national asset. Accelerating the electric sector’s pathway to zero-carbon is key to avoiding the worst impacts of the climate crisis, and investments in clean energy drive job growth while leading to cleaner air and water across the Valley. 

As TVA Board members, the Administration’s nominees will be expected to follow through on President Biden’s stated goals on climate change and economic recovery. The Administration has a stated goal to decarbonize the electric sector by 2035, and SACE calls on TVA to lead that effort and set a plan to be carbon-free by 2030. We look forward to working with TVA staff, leadership, and Board of Directors as well as residents of the Tennessee Valley on this challenging and honorable mission.

According to SACE analysis in our recent “Tracking Decarbonization in the Southeast” report, TVA is not on track to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2035 or even 2050. Learn more in a webinar highlighting the findings of the report from April 21 at 1 PM ET.

“We applaud President Biden’s quick action to move TVA on the path of decarbonization by nominating four individuals with backgrounds related to clean energy, climate solutions, and the work it takes to provide the vital service of electricity to homes and businesses across the region. We welcome the diversity and experience these new Board members will bring, and look forward to working with them to make TVA a leader in clean energy in the near future,” said Dr. Stephen A. Smith, Executive Director, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. 


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