Tennessee Valley Authority: Don’t Slash Renewable Incentives for Home and Business Owners
  • Petitioned Tom Kilgore & TVA Board of Directors

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Tom Kilgore & TVA Board of Directors

Tennessee Valley Authority: Don’t Slash Renewable Incentives for Home and Business Owners

    1. Tennessee Environmental Council
    2. Petition by

      Tennessee Environmental Council

      Franklin, TN

For the second year in a row, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is planning to dramatically slash funds for its Generation Partners Program—a program that supports homeowners and businesses in installing small-scale solar and wind power on their property. 

Why? Because the program is apparently too successful. 

Citing a $5 million imbalance in revenues vs. expenses, TVA says the cutback is necessary because the huge popularity of the renewable incentives has outpaced customers’ voluntary green power contributions.  At the same time, TVA—a U.S. government-owned corporation—has found the cash to pay almost $13 billion in cleanup costs and fines for its 2008 coal ash spill, on record one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history. It also dug deep in its pockets to find an unplanned $5 billion to finish the new Bellefonte nuclear plant. 

Tennessee has more solar potential than Germany, the world’s solar leader, and it’s experienced a huge solar business and job creation boom in the last decade—already, for example, four Tennessee solar companies employ 1,750 people and support additional jobs at local suppliers and vendors. 

One of TVA’s primary missions, according to its Congressional mandate, is to promote economic development in the valley. It’s time for TVA to prioritize green, renewable sources of energy over more environmentally and economically-disastrous coal. At minimum, it should find it in its budget to continue funding for this valuable program for the state’s growing green jobs sector—peanuts compared to what it spends on coal disasters.

Sign our petition to help us pressure TVA to re-instate current support for the Generation Partners Program. Thank you for taking action! 

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    News

    1. Feb 16 - Help us Reach our Goal & Deliver Renewable Energy Petition to TVA

      Tennessee Environmental Council
      Petition Organizer

      On Thursday Feb 16 Tennessee Environmental Council will present a copy of the petition "TVA: Don't Slash Renewable Incentives for Home and Business Owners" directly to TVA. URGENT: please help us reach our goal of 1,000 signatures before Thursday, by asking your friends, family and coworkers to sign on.

      If you live near Chattanooga, you may also join us during the public listening session before the meeting to show your support. And/or you may join the press conference immediately AFTER the TVA board meeting (exact board meeting time can be found on or after 2/9 at http://www.tva.com/abouttva/board/index.htm). The press conference will take place in front of the TVA office building at 11th and Market Streets in Chattanooga.

    2. Jan 25 Help us Deliver Renewable Energy Petition to TN Legislature

      Tennessee Environmental Council
      Petition Organizer

      On Jan 25 Tennessee Environmental Council will present a copy of the petition "TVA: Don't Slash Renewable Incentives for Home and Business Owners" to the Tennessee State Legislature. We are asking our state lawmakers to call on TVA to re-instate their support for the Generation Partners Program. Please help us reach our goal of 1,000 signatures by January 25th, by asking your friends, family and coworkers to sign on. You can also join us at the Legislature on Jan 25 from 11:30-12:30 to show your support for renewable energy.

      We will also present a copy of this petition directly to TVA at their board meeting tentatively scheduled for February 16 in Chattanooga. (TVA receives copies as the petition is signed, but we will showcase this important petition with the 800+ supporters at the board meeting.) We will send an update with more details, but if you would like to be involved, please join the Council email list at www.tectn.org.

    3. Reached 750 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Jere Licciardello BIRCHWOOD, TN
      • about 2 years ago

      We must find ways for landlords to reduce energy expenditures by making it less costly to them in the end to insulate their units dbl pane their windows, etc.

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    • Marilyn Chadwick LENOIR CITY, TN
      • about 2 years ago

      Renewable, clean energy is long overdue - in TN and everywhere.

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    • Rebecca O'Dell LOUDON, TN
      • about 2 years ago

      Renewable energy is what we need to provide utilities and jobs to our state without impacting the landscape or the environment of TN. Interesting that TVA can find enough money to put towards the destruction of our state, but there's no money to save its beauty and security???

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    • P.Casey Daley MURFREESBORO, TN
      • about 2 years ago

      Please continue to help average people and small business do their part in saving our planet.

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    • Elizabeth Mason NASHVILLE, TN
      • about 2 years ago

      There is no reason we should not be using renewable energies as our primary sources. It is time we acted on behalf of our environment - embracing it not raping it. It is the moral, just thing to do and will yield extraordinary environmental (not deplete precious, finite resources), social (creating jobs) and financial benefits (saving money).

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