TVA ahead of most utilities on decarbonization but not keeping pace for future with some neighbors

The Tennessee Valley Authority led most utilities in decarbonizing its electricity generation in the past decade, but a new study suggests the federal utility will likely move slower than many of its neighbors in the future in cutting greenhouse gases linked with global warming.

In a 31-page assessment of the utilities' pollution and carbon emissions, released Thursday, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy chided TVA for trading one fossil fuel for another and for failing to take enough steps to meet President Joe Biden's call for a carbon-free utility industry by 2035.

TVA is projecting it will cut its overall carbon emissions by 80% below the utility's 2005 peak levels by 2035, but at the current rate of reductions, the utility is projected not to be completely carbon-free until 2092.