Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
TVA is the largest public power producer in the nation, serving more than 8.3 million people, and is among the most reliable. Its Sequoyah Nuclear Unit 1’s capacity factor ranked sixth best in the world. TVA has never dropped firm load to any industrial customer in its history and has a reliability rate of 99.999%, the highest in the nation.
TVA generates 152 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, or enough power to meet the needs of nearly 10 million homes. TVA also manages the Tennessee River, the nation's fifth-largest river system, operating 19 hydroelectric dams, seven coal-fired power plants, two nuclear-power plants, six combustion-turbine sites and one pumped-storage plant in Tennessee, with a combined generating capacity of more than 19,655 megawatts.
TVA has joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee, and others in the Volunteer State Solar Initiative a comprehensive solar-energy and economic-development program.
In addition to providing dependable power at a competitive rate, TVA and its power distributors offer a host of other programs.
Demand is forecasted to exceed generating capacity in many areas of the US by mid-decade. Kiplinger reports that the West Coast, Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and some Midwestern cities will be vulnerable. The Southeast US is one area in the country that will have ample power supply. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and municipal and cooperative distributors provide the Knoxville-Oak Ridge region with superb reliability and competitive rates.
Region's power distributors
Spectra Energy / East Tennessee Natural Gas supplies most of the gas distributed in the region:
Ultra Pure Gases and Business Chemicals
Because of the presence of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, the region has a strong existing network of business chemicals and gases providers including ultra-pure gases.
Industrial and Specialty Chemicals, Industrial and Ultra-Pure Gases:
Water / Waste Water Excess capacity
Numerous water districts provide our region with available, treated, clean water.
East Tennessee Power Distributors
Appalachian Electric Cooperative
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