TVA Adds More Renewable Wind Power To The Grid

The Tennessee Valley Authority announced Wednesday that it would add more renewable energy to its generating system with a contract for up to 44 megawatts from a wind farm in Iowa.

In the past, the TVA has been criticized for its continued support of coal-fired power generation, and was thrust into the national spotlight when one of its retention ponds burst in 2008, sending 5.4 million cubic yards of toxic coal sludge into the Emory River.

The 20-year agreement with Horizon Wind Energy will supply TVA with electricity generated by 50 Vestas 1.65-megawatt turbines at Horizon’s Pioneer Prairie wind farm in Howard and Mitchell counties. TVA expects to begin receiving electricity from the wind farm by January 2012.

This is the second TVA-Horizon wind purchase agreement this year. TVA signed a purchase agreement in February for up to 115 megawatts of wind power from Horizon.

The Tennessee Valley Authority was created by Congress in 1933 to develop the Tennessee River system in the interest of navigation, flood control, and national defense, and to generate and sell surplus electricity in a region that had been hit hard by the Great Depression (NewDeal.Feri.Org).

The TVA provides low-cost energy for 9 million people in a service area that covers most of Tennessee, and extends into Alabama, Mississippi, and Kentucky, and smaller sections of Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Indiana and Virginia.

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Kimberlee W.
Kimberlee W.4 years ago

TVA is one of the most CORRUPT companies in America, has NO CONCERN for it's customers whatsoever.

If they're doing something good for the enviroment, it's only because the head honchos are making a financial killing from it.
They were my utility company for 14 yrs. and I've had friends that worked in the field and in the office.

Ask a family of one of their killed employees how they treat their own people.

Judith P.

Energy cost me more than my house payment in my last house. If I want to be warm I close myself off in 800 sq. feet of the 4735 sq. ft house I bought for assisted living home. Cannot run business cause of health problems so with reduced income am able to save energy this way. We should have never let privatized utilities as the costs have soared. They split the gas and electric to two companies so costs up cause two CEO's fat salaries to pay.
Kuchinich was hero in his state when he was governor and blocked privatization. Had his life threatened and they attempted to burn his house but he bravely held and it is still a public utility. He knew that costs would rise above peoples ability to pay.
This is good news on "renewable energy", a term that is vague and not defined here nor in another article. Is it the same as recycled energy? They want us to help the utility to put up wind turbines so they can charge us higher prices. Why should I help a private company install turbines? They try to make it sound like we would be holding costs down. Yes, right, and I will live to be 200 because our health care is so advanced.
It is better than coal sludge going into the river, but dang, didn't they figure a way to keep that from happening in the first place. Such idiots build businesses without a thought of how to prevent catastrophic the public will have to pay to fix, and suffer the consequences. Irresponsible mafia families running everything.

Norm C.
Norm C.4 years ago

And the Deniers spew forth their own toxic stew of misinformation and lies. Don't they, Scott?

Deanna Murphy
Cindy Murphy4 years ago

interesting article

Emily A.
Emily A.4 years ago

Wind energy is the way to go!

Karen W.
Karen W.4 years ago

we need more corporations getting involved with this kind of energy, for all our sakes

Scott M.
Its wonderful e.4 years ago

Guess they will need to change their mandate/moto
"The TVA provides low-cost energy for 9 million people in a service area that covers most of Tennessee" to
"The TVA provides high-cost energy for 8 million people in a service area that covers most of Tennessee(1 million no longer can afford to pay and they were cut off)

Sundeep Shah
Sundeep Shah4 years ago


Monica D.
Monica D.4 years ago

Go wind energy!

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.