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The Tennessee Valley Faces Crossroads Between Methane Gas or Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Under TVA's plan, smokestacks at the Cumberland Fossil Plant would continue to spew pollution into the air. Photo by Angie Mummaw

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s plan to transition away from coal has generated significant push-back from environmental and community groups because of its reliance on methane gas instead of renewable energy.

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Report: Replacing Cumberland Fossil Plant with energy efficiency and renewables would have much higher jobs outcomes

Kingston Fossil Plant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 14, 2022 CONTACT Dan Radmacher, (540) 798-6683), dan@appvoices.org Knoxville, Tennessee — The Tennessee Valley Authority could create thousands of jobs for the region if it implemented a mix of energy efficiency and renewable energy resources to

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We won’t give up on justice for the Kingston coal ash workers

Rally outside of Jacobs Engineering in Knoxville in December 2019. To the left of the photo in the brown hat is the late John Stewart, a former TVA employee and unyielding advocate for the Kingston workers. Photo by Todd Waterman

Hundreds of workers who helped clean up after the massive Kingston Fossil Plant coal ash spill have gotten sick and dozens have died. A hearing before the Tennessee Supreme Court was the latest stop in the ongoing battle for justice.

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TVA’s decision to stick with fossil fuels at Cumberland plant isn’t final

Under TVA's plan, smokestacks at the Cumberland Fossil Plant would continue to spew pollution into the air. Photo by Angie Mummaw

TVA’s decision to convert coal-fired plants to fracked gas will lead to enormous environmental consequences — while providing fewer jobs than renewable energy.

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PRESS STATEMENT: Confirmation hearing for TVA appointees is long overdue

Today, a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a confirmation hearing for three nominees to the Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors. Beth Geer, Michelle Moore and Robert “Bobby” Klein were nominated by President

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TVA Considers Replacing Coal with Another Fossil Fuel

Kingston Fossil Plant

The Tennessee Valley Authority is deciding whether to replace its coal-fired power plants with gas or with renewable resources. Advocates are calling on the Senate to confirm four new TVA board nominees.

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Advocates call on Biden to stop TVA disconnections during pandemic

CONTACT: Bri Knisley, Appalachian Voices Tennessee Campaign Coordinator, 865-219-3225, brianna@appvoices.org Aisha Dukule, Press Officer, Friends of the Earth 202-893-3502, adukule@foe.org Knoxville, TN — Groups in Tennessee and across the country delivered more than 21,500 petition signatures to leaders in Washington

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Tennessee Valley Authority must commit to 100% clean energy, align with Biden climate goals

CONTACT: Gaby Sarri-Tobar, Center for Biological Diversity, 202-594-7271, gsarritobar@biologicaldiversity.org Daniel Tait, Energy Alabama, 256-812-1431, dtait@alcse.org Brianna Knisley, Appalachian Voices, 937-725-0645, brianna@appvoices.org KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The federally owned Tennessee Valley Authority must align its energy planning with President Biden’s recent executive

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TVA’s Covid relief fund should be a starting point

We’ve joined dozens of organizations to demand that TVA provide funding for a moratorium on electricity shutoffs in the region and debt relief for families struggling from Covid-related economic hardship.

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