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Tennessee “Energy Democracy Tour” gathers community input

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The Tennessee Valley Energy Democracy Tour will hold its final stop in Claxton, Tenn., on Oct. 21. At more than 10 tour stops, community members discussed the impacts of TVA’s energy system and shared their visions for the future.

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Taking on TVA

Communities are resisting the Tennessee Valley Authority’s frequent cost increases and lack of transparency and clean energy.

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TVA Refuses to Excavate One Coal Ash Pit, Will Dig Up Another

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The Tennessee Valley Authority does not plan to excavate coal ash at their Bull Run Fossil plant in Anderson County, Tenn., unlike the utility’s agreement to fully remove coal ash at the Gallatin Fossil Plant near Nashville, Tenn.

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TVA Faces Criticism Over Coal Ash, Transparency

A community forum discusses closure of a fossil plant

The Tennessee Valley Authority and its contractor Jacobs Engineering are facing a new lawsuit regarding their cleanup of the 2008 Kingston coal ash spill. Additionally, state and federal lawmakers are backing a U.S. House bill that would require more transparency from the monopoly utility.

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Takeaways from the TVA quarterly meeting

Increased public participation but continued gaps in transparency marked TVA’s recent quarterly meeting, which included a vote to close two of the utility’s coal plants.

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Coal Ash Cleanup: Three States See Major Developments

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North Carolina holds meetings on coal ash cleanup in the state. Tennessee workers who are sick after cleaning up TVA’s 2008 coal ash disaster seek resolution. Virginia moves closer to requiring Dominion Energy to relocate its toxic coal ash.

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In Tennessee, electric bill fees hurt customers

As Tennessee electric utilities seek to maintain profits, they are are increasing fixed fees on customer electric bills, regardless of how much electricity they use. That’s patently unfair, especially for lower-income people.

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TVA Eliminating Energy Efficiency Rebates

Funds for the Tennessee Valley Authority’s eScore, which offered rebates to customers who installed energy efficiency upgrades, will be redirected to programs assisting low-income families in Nashville and Memphis.

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How can TVA claim to support energy efficiency and renewables even as they implement policies that discourage them?

TVA is using its already-obsolete 2020 Integrated Resource Plan as an opportunity to cut funding for energy-saving technologies that it claims are driving down revenue.

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Tennessee Valley Authority Changes Rate Structure, Adds New Charge

TVA reduced wholesale power rates but added a new grid access charge, which could disproportionately affect low-income families and small businesses.

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