Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | May 17, 2010

Kentucky environmental attorney Sanders says TVA is nation’s largest public utility with $11.25 Billion in operating revenues in 2009.

Did you know that the Tennessee Valley Authority is the nation’s largest public utility, has about 9 million consumers in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia? Here are some other interesting facts about TVA:
 Electric generation assets

  • 11 fossil plants (59 units)
  • 3 nuclear plants (6 units)
  • 29 hydro plants (109 units)
  • 1 pumped-storage plant (4 units)
  • 9 combustion -turbine plants (87 units)
  • 2 combined-cycle plants (6 units)
  • 2 diesel-generator sites (9 units)
  • 15 solar energy sites
  • 1 wind-energy site
  • 1 digestor-gas site
  • 1 biomass-cofiring site

Generation output

  • 33,716 million kilowatts (net summer capability) capacity
  • 164 billion kilowatt-hours of electric power provided to communities and businesses across the TVA region.

Fuel Used

  • 37 million tons of coal
  • 84 billion cubic feet of natural gas
  • 1 trillion cubic feet of water through Chickamauga hydroelectric plant just north of Chattanooga, TN.

Transmission

  • Over 16,000 miles of transmission lines (enough to span the continent six times)
  • 100,000 steel, wood and concrete towers

Environment

  • 49 dams (29 used for generation)
  • 11,000 miles of shoreline
  • Over 600,000 acres of water
  • 293,000 acres of land
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