The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has a Board Meeting on Thursday. So it seems timely to elaborate on the statement from part 1 in this blog series that…
“We also have some repeat offenders [on the report]. Santee Cooper, Seminole Electric Cooperative and the Tennessee Valley Authority remain on the list of utilities whose forecast solar ratio for 2022 will remain below the region average from 2018.”
We refer to these as SunBlockers. And the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is the largest of them — serving approximately 4.8 million customers. The fact that TVA has returned to this inauspicious list should not be a surprise. In the middle of last year, SACE signaled that TVA was on track for it’s worst solar year since 2011. And they did indeed disappoint.
As a reminder, the average solar ratio for Southeastern utilities from 2018 was 269 watts per customer (W/C). Despite significant solar projects specifically for companies operating within TVA’s service territory (namely Facebook and Google) totaling 677 MW, SACE projects the solar ratio for TVA to be just 251 W/C in 2022. In other words, four years from now, TVA will still be below last year’s region average.And TVA’s recently released draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) unfortunately continues to reflect limited solar ambition throughout SACE’s four-year forecast period.
Bryan joined the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy in June 2017. As Solar Program Director, Bryan leads activities to promote solar power across the Southeast. These activities range from conducting…
The final installment in this blog series highlights corporate leadership in renewable procurement. Five companies are doing nine projects in three Southeastern states totaling more than 1,000 MW (1 GW) of solar.