Case Study - TVA at the Crossroads

The Tennessee Valley Authority responds to environmental health and sustianability concerns

TVA coal plant and powerline

America is at an energy crossroads and the Tennessee Valley Authority has a choice to make: Will it cling to old coal power because of its historic significance or will it retire its oldest, dirtiest and least efficient plants and lead America into a clean energy future?

"The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices below the national average. TVA, which receives no taxpayer money and makes no profits, also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development." In April 2011, the "Tennessee Valley Authority announced plans retire 18 older coal-fired generation units at three power plants as part of the federal utility’s "vision of being one of the nation’s leading providers of low-cost and cleaner energy by 2020."" (The Chattanoogan, 2011)

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About the filmmakers: Sam Despeaux and Carly Calhoun