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TVA seeks input on renewables program changes

Johnson City Press • Oct 9, 2019 at 8:21 PM

KNOXVILLE — The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking the public to provide input on a draft environmental assessment for private-scale renewable offerings.

The agency’s board approved the closure of new applications to the Green Power Providers program effective Jan. 1, 2020, pending completion of appropriate environmental review in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. All current Green Power Providers customers will continue participation through the term of their agreements.

In 2003, TVA launched the Generation Partners pilot program that later evolved into the Green Power Providers program to stimulate the growth of small-scale renewable energy systems. To build on its success, TVA is reviewing its renewable solutions to benefit consumers by aligning customer needs with market conditions and evolving technologies while minimizing cost shifting to non-participants.

The draft environmental assessment evaluates the anticipated environmental impacts of three alternatives: continuing the Green Power Providers program unchanged; closing it and providing no replacement program; and closing it and implementing a new private-scale renewable service offering. The draft assessment is available at www.tva.com/nepa.

Comments on the draft assessment should be submitted or postmarked no later than Nov. 8. Comments can be submitted online at www.tva.com/nepa, by email to mshigdon@tva.gov, or in writing to Matthew Higdon, NEPA Specialist, Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 W. Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B, Knoxville, TN 37902.

Please note that all comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record and available for public inspection.

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