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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

February 28, 2021 • TennesseePrint storyE-mail story

Lights off: Lessons learned from Texas power grid failure

Could a collapse of the power grid like the one that crippled Texas during a major winter storm earlier this month happen in Northeast Tennessee? While anything is possible during a once-in-100-years severe weather event like the one that swept through the nation’s midsection nearly two weeks ago, BrightRidge CEO Jeff Dykes said this region’s power provider is “in a much better position to handle” such a scenario. He said the Tennessee Valley Authority, which provides power to most of . . . Complete story »

November 24, 2020 • Tennessee, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Will Biden’s 100% clean energy plan work? Look to TVA

[Outgoing longtime Sen. Lamar] Alexander recently warned TVA not to follow the example set by California, criticizing the Golden State for adding renewables and backing away from nuclear.... "The combination of that nuclear power, hydropower and natural gas in Tennessee has given us one of the cleanest areas," he said recently on the Senate floor. "So we need a realistic energy policy, not a fanciful one." Alexander used the opportunity there and again in a video message to TVA's board to take aim at California — a popular whipping post for Republican elected officials in the South who work on energy issues — arguing that the state's electricity rates are high because of its clean energy policies. "They are in for an unpleasant future," he said. Complete story »

November 17, 2020 • Editorials, Tennessee, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Editorial: Virginia can’t fix planetwide climate problem

Kingsport and regional customers of Appalachian Power are facing a down payment on Virginia’s Clean Economy Act, which intends to make the state 100% carbon free by 2050 to combat climate warming. Appalachian Power just announced that it will acquire or contract for 210 megawatts of solar power and 200 megawatts of wind power over the next five years as part of its long-range plan to meet the targets established by the act. Customer bills will increase as the company . . . Complete story »

August 1, 2020 • TennesseePrint storyE-mail story

Local power companies make plans to generate power in the Tennessee Valley

Over the past 85 years, EPB has helped electrify Chattanooga, create America’s first Gig city and propel the city’s emerging innovation economy. Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke praised EPB last week as “the most progressive, creative and innovative utility in the country.” But for all its power, EPB has always relied upon the Tennessee Valley Authority to supply its energy – until now. Chattanooga’s city-owned utility is among a growing number of local power companies in the Tennessee Valley that are preparing . . . Complete story »

November 21, 2019 • Press releases, Tennessee, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Alexander: Spend More on Clean Energy Research Instead of Wasteful Wind Tax Credit

“Instead of subsidizing wind developers we could be using that money to double the amount we spend on research and development to make truly bold breakthroughs that will help us provide cleaner, cheaper energy, and raise family incomes.” – Senator Lamar Alexander   WASHINGTON, November 19, 2019 – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said asking the American taxpayer to pay more to extend the wind production tax credit – “the most wasteful, conspicuous taxpayer subsidy in Washington D.C.” – is . . . Complete story »

November 21, 2019 • Press releases, Tennessee, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Floor Speech: Spend More on Clean Energy Research Instead of Wasteful Wind Tax Credit

I have come to the floor to talk about the wind production tax credit which is so generous that in some markets wind developers can actually give away their electricity for free and still make a profit. The wind production tax credit has been extended 11 times and has been on the books for more than 25 years. Four years ago we thought it was ended. Congress asked taxpayers to provide another $24 billion, according to the Joint Committee on . . . Complete story »

November 3, 2019 • TennesseePrint storyE-mail story

County OKs regulations governing wind energy facilities

Any company interested in developing and operating a wind energy facility in Cumberland County will now be met with several regulations establishing conditions, costs and fees adopted by the county commission during last week’s monthly meeting. Cumberland County commissioners approved a resolution based on a model developed by Tennessee’s County Technical Assistance Service. “While Cumberland County recognizes a national interest in the development of clean energy, it also recognizes its responsibility to implement and promote energy production practices which protect . . . Complete story »

TVA gets community feedback on electricity generation

TVA doesn't plan to build any wind turbines in its region, however. Hydas cited the imminent expiration of the federal production tax credit, which will be phased out completely by 2024. "In the mid-2020s, after the tax credit expires, wind is about 40 percent more expensive than solar," Hydas said. "Solar is better for our system." Complete story »

September 21, 2018 • Tennessee, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

TVA, environmental groups duel over the future of solar energy

What’s the future of solar energy in the Tennessee Valley? The area’s namesake power producer has its own projections. But a coalition of climate and energy-conservation groups is pressing for more – and its vehicle is a lawsuit against the Tennessee Valley Authority’s recent rate-structure change. TVA, an independent federal agency that provides power to about 9.7 million people in parts of seven Southeastern states, sells most of the electricity it generates to local utilities, which resell power to individual customers. . . . Complete story »

April 27, 2018 • Opinions, TennesseePrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy bill on its way to Governor — what does it mean?

Prefacing his request to pass SB1793 on the Senate Floor on April 11th, Senator Paul Bailey recognized CMPC members who were in attendance. Remarking that CMPC co-founder George Chiarmonte’s efforts in the movement (who recently lost his cancer battle) would be memorialized in TN’s first-ever wind energy regulatory legislation, Sen. Bailey garnered AYE votes of 32 Senators. SB1793, the “Wind Energy Bill” [as Amended and Conformed to its companion House Bill] is now on its way to the Governor’s office . . . Complete story »

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