TVA proposes grid access fee, lower energy costs in rate revamp [document]

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The Tennessee Valley Authority is proposing to revamp the way it prices its electricity by adding a grid access charge to monthly power bills each month and cutting the variable price of power.

TVA says the change won't generate any more money overall. But it will increase the fixed portion of what power users pay each month while reducing the per-kilowatt-hour rate.

"We are very focused on keeping rates low for everyone and providing more bill stability over the course of the year," said Cass Larson, TVA's vice president of pricing and contracts "In fact, we cut more than $1.5 billion annually in costs over the past few years to protect consumers and keep power bills as low as feasible for years to come."