TVA proposes new fee to local power companies for access to energy grid

Staff Photo by Doug Strickland/Chattanooga Times Free Press - June 29, 2012. Transportation operator Jason Baggett works at a computer station in the TVA System Operations Center at TVA headquarters in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Friday. Several days of temperatures above 100 degrees will push TVA's power demands over the weekend.

For the first time in its 85-year history, the Tennessee Valley Authority is proposing to add a grid access fee to what it charges the local power companies that distribute its power in a controversial rate realignment scheduled to gain TVA board approval today.

photo Doug Peters, president and CEO of Tennessee Valley Public Power Association, poses for a photo at the TVPPA headquarters in Chattanooga, Tenn., Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017. Peters, who is a native of Rossville, Ga., recently took on his new role following the retirement of Jack Simmons.

photo Tennessee Valley Authority president and CEO Bill Johnson speaks during an editorial board meeting Thursday, Feb.