KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, January 14, 2003 (AP): The United States'
largest public utility has signed an agreement to expand
its wind power generating facility, the company said
The Tennessee Valley Authority has been operating three
wind turbines on Buffalo Mountain, a reclaimed strip
mine in eastern Tennessee, since 2001. The authority
will add 18 turbines to give the site a capacity of
more than 28 megawatts, up from 1.8 megawatts.
The added wind power is a significant shift for the
utility, which was founded in the 1930s to generate
power from hydroelectric dams.
"This is a significant commitment to wind in our
region," said Stephen Smith, executive director
of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, a watchdog
Across the United States, wind power is the fastest
growing electric power source — outpacing gas
turbines, coal plants or nuclear plants, he said. The
U.S. Department oof Energy lists 4,558 megawatts of
U.S. wind power.
The authority's Green Power Switch alternative energy
program also uses electricity generated by solar collectors
and reclaimed landfill gas.
TVA provides electricity to 8.3 million people in Tennessee
and parts of Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia,
Alabama and Mississippi.
On the Net:
Tennessee Valley Authority, http://www.tva.gov