External Stakeholder Group Assists TVA with Power Planning
Aug. 31, 2009
TVA has established a group of opinion leaders from across the Tennessee Valley region to provide additional input as TVA charts its options for meeting the region’s electricity needs for the next 20 years.
TVA is developing a new Integrated Resource Plan called TVA’s Environmental and Energy Future. The plan will outline various sources for producing electricity, their costs and reliability and their potential impacts on the environment.
TVA conducted public meetings in July and August to encourage members of the public to provide input on the various options for generating power. TVA will use that input as it develops a draft IRP for further public comment in early 2010.
In addition, TVA has asked a cross-section of opinion leaders from industry, government, education, environmental groups and distributors of TVA power to share their views and priorities about TVA’s power generation plans. The 14-member Stakeholder Review Group will serve as an information source, coordination mechanism and professional review group.
“We appreciate the participation of all members of this external stakeholder team in the important work to develop the IRP,” says Randy Johnson, IRP project manager. “Their perspectives will help us create a more inclusive plan by providing real-time public input. We also invite Valley residents and businesses to continue to share their comments through these opinion leaders.”
Members of the public can submit written comments to the Stakeholder Review Group. TVA will forward copies of all comments directed to the external stakeholder group to all members of that group.
TVA and the Stakeholder Review Group will occasionally host public comment sessions to receive additional input on specific topics. These sessions will be announced in the news media and posted on the TVA IRP Web site. The minutes of the group’s meetings and various presentations also appear on the site.
The following members of the public serve on the group:
Lance Brown, Executive Director
Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy
Dana Christensen, Associate Director
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Ryan Gooch, Director,
TN Dept. of Economic and Community Development
Richard Holland, Tennessee Paper Council
George Kitchens, General Manager
Joe Wheeler Electric Membership Corporation
Henry List, Deputy Secretary
Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet
David McKinney, Environmental Services Division Chief
Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency
Jerry Paul, Distinguished Fellow on Energy Policy
Howard Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy
Jan Simek, Acting President
University of Tennessee
Jack Simmons, President and CEO
Tennessee Valley Public Power Association
Stephen Smith, Executive Director
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Lloyd Webb, Tennessee Valley Industrial Committee
Deborah Woolley, President
Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry
TVA is the nation’s largest public power provider and is completely self-financing. TVA provides power to large industries and 158 power distributors that serve approximately 9 million consumers in seven southeastern states. TVA also creates economic development opportunities and manages the Tennessee River and its tributaries to provide multiple benefits, including flood damage reduction, navigation, water quality and recreation.
Laura Smith, Knoxville, (865) 632-8287
TVA News Bureau, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000