published Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

TVA loses $81 million in quarter

Power sales decline this year due to USEC closing

The Tennessee Valley Authority said today it lost $81 million in the three-month period ended June 30 due to a drop in electricity sales and sightly higher operating costs.

In the same period a year ago, TVA lost only $12 million.

Although the quarterly losses were greater this spring, TVA is still doing better during all of fiscal 2014 than it did the prior year.

In its fiscal third quarter report released today, the federal utility said net income for the first nine months of fiscal 2014 were still positive at $147 million. In the first nine months of the previous year, TVA lost $203 million.

TVA said sales of electricity were lower this year than in 2013 due to a drop in industrial sales primarily because of the loss of TVA's largest direct served customer, the United States Enrichment Corp., in Paducah, Ky., which shut down in May 2013.

Revenues from the sales of electricity in the quarter were still up 7 percent to more than $2.6 billion due to higher rates from increases in both TVA's base rate and TVA's monthly fuel cost adjustments in the past year. In the first nine months of the fiscal year, TVA revenues were up less than a half of a percent to nearly $7.9 billion.

Despite the drop in earnings this year, TVA said it made the strategic decision to use cash on hand and cash generated from operations to reduce long-term and short-term debt by $1.1 billion.

about Dave Flessner...

Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...

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