Tennessee Valley power supplies not keeping pace with growth, study says

Power cooperatives worry about more winter power blackouts, but TVA says it has upgraded equipment and resiliency

The Tennessee Valley Authority's Cumberland Fossil Plant near Clarksville, Tenn., is shown in this 2002 photo. The coal plant near Nashville shut off power during Winter Storm Elliott last December when equipment froze at the plant. (AP Photo/TVA, Ron Schmitt)
The Tennessee Valley Authority's Cumberland Fossil Plant near Clarksville, Tenn., is shown in this 2002 photo. The coal plant near Nashville shut off power during Winter Storm Elliott last December when equipment froze at the plant. (AP Photo/TVA, Ron Schmitt)

A year after rolling blackouts hit the Tennessee Valley for the first time, a new study on America's power grid says electricity demand continues to grow faster than new generation, threatening to create more power outages during cold winter days ahead.

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