Tennessee senators caution TVA about 'romance' with renewables

In this 2013 photo, several turbines are seen at the Buffalo Mountain Wind Farm in Oliver Springs, Tenn.

I don't see why we need any wind (generation). If nuclear is zero (carbon and air) emissions and wind is more expensive, and you don't need wind most of the time, why would you buy it?"

KNOXVILLE -- With more generation from nuclear power and natural gas in TVA's future, the state's U.S. senators urged the Tennessee Valley Authority on Monday not to be blown away by the "energy fad of the day" and cautioned the federal utility not to pursue more expensive and less reliable power from wind mills and other renewable energy sources.

"I don't see why we need any wind (generation)," said U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Energy and Water Development subcommittee. "If nuclear is zero (carbon and air) emissions and wind is more expensive, and you don't need wind most of the time, why would you buy it?"

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