TVA Pushing Long-term Renewal Contracts to Serviced Communities

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is pressuring municipalities to enter into long-term contracts out of concerns that communities will begin to abandon services and pursue more green initiatives, according to an article in the Knoxville News Sentinel. Since August, TVA has pressured 80% of the power companies that utilize its output to sign 20-year contracts, much longer than previous agreements. Detractors say that the move will force these communities to remain dependent on fossil fuels as opposed to providing citizens with more renewable energy options. Chattanooga, Knoxville and Memphis have yet to renew their TVA contracts.

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