Tennessee Valley Authority named "Utility of the Year" for pioneering wind power in Southeast

Tennessee Valley Authority named "Utility of the Year" for pioneering wind power in Southeast

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) garnered AWEA’s "Utility of the Year" award recently for its leadership in bringing wind-generated electricity to its customers in the Southeast, as well as its long-term commitment to low-cost, cleaner energy.

TVA has signed nine contracts with eight different wind farms since 2008, bringing in wind power from states as far away as Illinois, Kansas, and Iowa. It also installed its own utility-scale wind turbines, the first in the Southeast. TVA is purchasing 1,340 MW of wind that is operating today and expects another 200 MW on its system by the end of the year.

TVA has set the goal of being one of the nation's leading providers of low-cost, cleaner energy by 2020.

AWEA’s Utility of the Year award is given to the U.S. electric utility that has done the most to advance wind power’s growth through its actions.  The award was conferred at AWEA's recent Fall Symposium for industry leaders in Chandler, Ariz.

“We honor TVA with this award to recognize their accomplishments for wind power in general and how they’ve achieve these results in a way that benefits other utilities and the entire wind energy industry,” said AWEA CEO Denise Bode in presenting the award.

“By adding wind generation into its energy mix, TVA and the distributors of TVA power are introducing more clean technology to the Tennessee Valley," Bode said  "In addition, TVA had the first commercial-scale use of wind power to generate electricity in the southeastern United States.”

Accepting the award on behalf of TVA were Patty West, director of renewable energy programs, and Chris Hansen, director of power origination.  “The addition of wind energy helps TVA achieve its vision of being a leading provider of low cost and cleaner energy,” said West. “We're confident that wind power will continue to demonstrate its value, effectiveness and potential in the years to come.”

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Carl has been a part of the AWEA team since 2006. He brings both his expertise in communications as well as experience with the evolving wind energy industry to the job of overseeing AWEA's online and written publications including the Wind Energy Weekly, WINDPOWER Update, WINDPOWER Today, and various print materials. He has worked as a journalist in the energy industry as a staff writer for Public Utilities Fortnightly magazine and in the association sector as senior editor at Association Management magazine. He also has covered the home-building industry, where his areas of greatest interest were sustainable development and "smart growth," and has written articles for numerous other publications as a freelance writer. Carl received his B.A. from James Madison University and spent some time in New Orleans employed as a teacher as well as working with homeless youth.

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