TVA asks for feedback on how to replace power loss when Kingston plant

TVA is looking at how or whether to replace its Kingston Fossil plant with a new source of power.

The utility is focusing on natural gas or solar as future options.

TVA stated on its website that it proposes to retire three of the Kingston Fossil Plant units between 2026 and 2031 and the remaining six units between 2027 and 2033 “dependent on when replacement generation could be constructed and brought online.”

The utility’s working on a study and report regarding the different options. At a virtual public meeting last week, TVA officials responded to questions submitted to them.

“Our hope is by the time we release our draft we’ll host an in-person meeting,” said Chevales Williams, TVA’s specialist on the National Environmental Policy Act, a federal law that lays out the process TVA follows. TVA stated on its official website that it hopes to have that report and ask for comments on it by late next year.

TVA Kingston Fossil Plant located in Roane County, just outside Kingston on Watts Bar Lake, Monday, Jun. 2, 2014.

TVA specifically stated on its website that it is looking for views on what environmental resources and impacts it should consider in making the decision, sources of information at which it should look, and organizations with which TVA should work. It also asked if there are any other options it should consider.

On its website, TVA stated its coal plants generally are “among the oldest in the nation” and are having trouble with performance. It described the coal plants as “contributing to environmental, economic and reliability risks.” It plans to have another source of power generation to replace the plant. The utility stated Kingston Fossil Plant  has required “low boiler drum” repairs, which it said were a sign of the plant’s age and hard to address.