On June 22, 2020, TVA completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) and issued a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) addressing its proposal to provide flexible power generation options to its local power company customers that have entered into Long-Term Partnership Agreements with TVA.
The Long-Term Partnership Agreement, first offered in August 2019, includes provision for those local power companies who adopt the agreement to meet a portion of their power needs through their own generating sources. As of June 2020, 140 of the local power companies served by TVA have adopted this Agreement.
In February 2020, the TVA Board of Directors approved a set of principles to guide local power companies interested in adding flexible generation, pending completion of appropriate environmental review in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The approved principles resulted from structured engagement with local power companies and reflect their feedback to ensure the outcome provides a viable solution to their needs.
In April 2020, TVA issued a draft EA for public review and comment. The draft EA evaluated the potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts of two alternatives, taking no action and implementing the power supply flexibility option. TVA received 12 comment submissions from the public during the review period and considered the input in completing the EA. The final EA includes responses to the public comments in an appendix.
More information on this environmental review can be obtained from: