TVA in Alabama
Fiscal Year 2012 (October 2011 – September 2012)
- In fiscal year 2012, TVA sold 17 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity to 17 municipal and eight cooperatively owned utilities that distribute TVA power in Alabama.
- More than 483,000 households in 17 northern Alabama counties bought more than 7.2 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity from the utilities in 2012.
- Almost 97,000 commercial and industrial customers in Alabama purchased 9.1 billion kilowatt-hours. In addition, utilities in Alabama sold more than 191 million kilowatt-hours to outdoor-lighting customers.
- Alabama is home to 12 directly served customers of TVA that purchased almost 5.6 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in fiscal year 2012.
- TVA's power revenues in Alabama totaled more than $1.5 billion in 2012, or about 13.6 percent of TVA operating revenues.
- Distributors of TVA power serve the following Alabama counties: Calhoun, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, Morgan and Winston.
- The TVA service area in Alabama covers about 8,980 square miles, about 10 percent of TVA's territory and 17 percent of Alabama. This includes an electricity service area of 8,658 square miles and a watershed management area of 6,828 square miles.
Power Generation and Transmission
- In Alabama, TVA operates three hydroelectric dams (Guntersville, Wheeler and Wilson), two coal-fired generating plants (Widows Creek and Colbert), one nuclear power plant (Browns Ferry), and one natural gas-fueled combustion turbine site (Colbert).
- TVA operates two solar facilities in Alabama - a 23-kilowatt site at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens and a 25-kilowatt site at the Florence wastewater treatment facility.
- TVA owns or maintains 79 substations and switchyards and 2,370 miles of transmission line in Alabama.
- In August 2011, the TVA board authorized completion of one nuclear unit at TVA's Bellefonte site near Scottsboro, Alabama.
Land and Water Stewardship
- Guntersville, Wheeler, Wilson and Pickwick reservoirs in northern Alabama have a combined surface area of about 200,000 acres and about 2,700 miles of shoreline.
- Bear Creek, Upper Bear Creek, Little Bear Creek and Cedar Creek reservoirs in northwestern Alabama have a combined surface area of 8,000 acres and about 250 miles of shoreline.
- TVA manages recreational, natural and cultural resources on more than 90,000 acres of public land around these reservoirs and partners with local and regional stakeholders to improve water quality, shoreline conditions and biodiversity.
- Alabama residents enjoy camping, fishing, boating, swimming and other recreational opportunities provided by these reservoirs, as well as economic benefits resulting from recreation and tourism. TVA's two reservoir campgrounds recorded 9,827 overnight stays in 2012. TVA also maintains five stream access sites.
- Alabama residents enjoy camping, fishing, boating, swimming and other recreational opportunities provided by these reservoirs, as well as economic benefits resulting from recreation and tourism. TVA's two reservoir campgrounds recorded 9,508 overnight stays in 2010. TVA also maintains 20 day-use recreation areas and five stream access sites.
- TVA maintains the structural, seismic and hydraulic integrity of seven dams in Alabama, including three hydroelectric dams on the main channel of the Tennessee River and four non-generating dams in the Bear Creek watershed.
- TVA manages flows to support thermal compliance at our coal-fired and nuclear plants.
- TVA operates the dams and reservoirs in Alabama as part of an integrated multi-purpose reservoir system to provide numerous stakeholders a variety of benefits which can include: navigation, flood risk reduction, low-cost hydropower, water supply, water quality, and recreational opportunities.
- TVA owns six locks in Alabama that serve 60 Alabama ports and terminals.
- TVA dams and reservoirs in Alabama are operated in conjunction with others in the TVA system to store flood water for controlled release. Operation of this system helps avert an average of $230 million in flood damage per year.
- Twenty-three municipalities and ten industries in Alabama draw water from the Tennessee River system. Water also is drawn for power-plant cooling and irrigation.
- TVA schedules releases from Upper Bear Creek Dam in northwestern Alabama to support canoeing and kayaking on the Bear Creek floatway.
Other TVA Operations
- The TVA Power Services Shops provide cost-effective maintenance of power system components and large industrial equipment.
- Alabama households had about 1.8 million kilowatt-hours of electric energy efficient savings from the completion of nearly 880 In-Home Energy Evaluations by TVA-certified evaluators and approximately 800 do-it-yourself home energy evaluations taken online or by paper survey.
- There are 2,619 employees who live in Alabama.
- Alabama is home to 4,609 TVA retirees and their families.
Tax Equivalent Payments
- TVA paid $122.6 million in lieu of taxes to Alabama in 2012, based on power sales and power property values in the state.
- TVA works with local power companies, directly served customers, and regional, state and community organizations to create economic development opportunities in the TVA region. Economic development focuses on attracting and retaining jobs, capital investment, and helping communities prepare for growth. During fiscal year 2012, 7,800 jobs were created or retained in Alabama and $1.25 billion was invested.
- In fiscal year 2012, TVA purchased over $157 million in nonfuel materials and services from Alabama vendors.