TVA Response to EPA’s Proposed Rules on Carbon Reduction
June 2, 2014
TVA supports achieving environmental goals in a manner that allows for efficient operations, affordable electricity rates and reliable generation across the Tennessee Valley to meet the needs of our customers.
We have made and are making significant investments in a balanced energy portfolio, with the goal of producing ever-cleaner energy over time. A major part of TVA’s move to cleaner energy has been the reduction of emissions of all kinds, including NOx, SO2, and CO2.
The Obama Administration had previously proposed a national goal of reducing carbon emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. TVA has already reached that target system-wide and expects to exceed it.
TVA’s 2013 carbon emissions are now 30 percent below 2005 levels, and they are projected to be 40 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. By 2020, TVA’s carbon emissions will be about one-half of what they were at their peak in 1995.
We have achieved these reductions by changing our generation mix and by focusing on energy efficiency and demand side management. We have added natural gas-fired generation, are poised to bring an additional carbon-free nuclear unit on line in 2015 at our Watts Bar site (the country’s first new nuclear generation of the 21st century), retired 14 coal-fired units and are investing in emissions controls at our ongoing operations.
TVA will review this lengthy proposed rule and its supporting documents in order to better understand its implications, and we will provide feedback to the EPA. We hope this rule setting the emission guidelines provides an equitable starting point crediting these early actions by TVA and others.
TVA Public Relations, Knoxville, 865-632-6000