TVA is looking for zero carbon energy suppliers

July 13, 2022

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has issued a call for proposals to provide up to 5,000 MW of carbon-free electricity, which will be operational before 2029. Nuclear power is one of the acceptable sources for TVA, along with renewables .

TVA's Sequoyah nuclear power plant (Image: TVA)

TVA's long-term goal is to reduce CO2 emissions by 70% by 2030 and 80% by 2035 without increasing costs or compromising reliability, and to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

“We are taking this bold and decisive step because TVA is uniquely positioned to be a leader in reducing carbon emissions for the region and the country,” said Jeff Lyash, President and CEO of TVA. "This announcement is a clear signal to our industry, our partners and our nation that together we must go further and faster to make a cleaner future a reality."

He added, “There is no one-size-fits-all solution to achieving our nation's decarbonization and energy security goals. TVA is accelerating transformation across the industry to scale zero-carbon technologies to decarbonize the power grid while integrating new technologies through innovative solutions to meet customer-centric demand and build a future that doesn't. leaves no one behind in the new clean energy economy. »

In February, TVA announced a new nuclear research program on cutting-edge nuclear technology as part of its decarbonization goals. One of its first tasks will be to submit a planning permit application for a small modular light water reactor (SMR) at the Clinch River site, and the agency is in talks with GE Hitachi to support their SMR design. BWRX-300 light water tank.

“The Tennessee Valley Authority is taking meaningful steps to embrace carbon-free energy and advance our collective goal of decarbonizing the national power grid,” said Maria Korsnick, president and CEO of the Nuclear Energy Institute. “We applaud TVA for recognizing the important role that nuclear energy will play alongside wind, solar and other low-carbon technologies in meeting customer demand and driving economic development in the region. region. Zero-carbon nuclear is essential for TVA to achieve its decarbonization objectives. while putting the United States on a path to a clean, just, and affordable energy transition."

TVA is a US agency that provides power, flood control, navigation, and land management for the Tennessee River system to 153 local energy companies in Tennessee and parts of six surrounding states. The agency's existing nuclear fleet — three boiling water reactors at Browns Ferry, Alabama, and two pressurized hydroelectric plants at Sequoyah and Watts Bar, both in Tennessee — is the third-largest nuclear fleet in the United States. and produces more than 40% of its VAT generation.

Research and writing by World Nuclear News

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