Six of the boilers at TVA's Widows Creek plant in Stevenson, Ala., are to be shut down.Staff File Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press
TVA will shut down 18 boilers at three of its oldest coal plants and pay a $10 million penalty to settle lawsuits involving air pollution from its aging coal plants.
By a split 7-1 vote, the TVA board approved a settlement with regulators to shutter six oldest boilers at the Widows Creek fossil plant in Alabama, and the 10 units at the Johnsonville Fossil Plant and two units at John Sevier plant in Tennessee.
TVA also is committing $350 million for energy efficiency and renewable energy as part of the agreement.
“This is an unprecedented agreement with nine separate identities,” TVA senior vice president Anda Ray said.
TVA President Tom Kilgore said up to 400 employees will be affected by the plant closing, but he said TVA will work with any displaced workers.
Members of the board of directors meet at the TVA office complex in downtown Chattanooga early this morning. Staff Photo by Dan Henry/Chattanooga Times Free Press
“We feel comfortable that we can do this because it is planned,” Kilgore said.
TVA Director Mike Duncan opposed the settlement saying it will end up costing TVA too much money.
Separately, the TVA board also approved a 20-year plan that calls for more nuclear power and energy conservation.
One of the power options in the plan could lead to a one-third reduction in coal-fired generation in the next six years.
Previously, TVA official Gary Brinkworth has noted that the plan doesn’t focus on future electricity rates or jobs at the federal agency.
See tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press for complete coverage.
Pam Sohn has been reporting or editing Chattanooga news for 25 years. A Walden’s Ridge native, she began her journalism career with a 10-year stint at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. She came to the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 1999 after working at the Chattanooga Times for 14 years. She has been a city editor, Sunday editor, wire editor, projects team leader and assistant lifestyle editor. As a reporter, she also has covered the police, ...