Entergy Corp - big private utility like TVA to the west - CEO makes over $10 million. TVA is the the 5th largest power company in America. Third largest operator of nuclear plants. Controls a 16,000 mile power transmission system that serves 9 million people. Want to pay the people running this company the same as the guy who renews your license down at the county clerk's office or other parts of the "government"? Go ahead, privatize TVA: Your rates will rise closer to the regional and national averages, the compensation of TVA exectives (or the successor private company) would double or triple, and you wouldn't be able to call up your congressman every time you were angry about some power line issue or lake levels or whatever else you didnt like about TVA. What other government agency takes no money from tax payers and is completely self-sufficient? Bet you can't name one. Stop bashing TVA.