Annual rainfall 140 percent above average, says TVA

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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Rainfall amounts were 140 percent above normal in 2018, with run-off amounts 200 percent higher than average in the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) River Management area.

TVA manages the 652 mile long Tennessee River and its numerous tributaries, incorporating a series of 49 dams to meet vital public needs in six key areas: navigation, flood damage reduction, power production, water quality, water supply, and recreation.

Tennessee River

Tennessee River Basin

“For the week before Christmas, rainfall averaged two inches in the eastern Valley and 1.4 inches in the western Valley,” said James Everett , the senior manager for TVA’s River Forecast Center, “We began spilling and sluicing at several locations the day after Christmas to increase flows and increase flood storage capacity, and that will likely continue into the new year.”

Everett explained that TVA is spilling or sluicing this week through the gates at South Holston, Wilbur, Cherokee, Douglas, Norris, Fontana, Apalachia, Ocoee 3, Great Falls, Fort Loudoun, Watts Bar, Chickamunga, Nickajack, Guntersville,Wheeler, Wilson, Pickwick, and Kentucky reservoirs.

Everett said that most dams along the main stem of the Tennessee River have been in spill operation since mid-October and will likely be spilling well into 2019.


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Public input sought on TVA’s effect on historic properties

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Public comments directed toward the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will be accepted through Jan. 17, 2019, concerning a proposal to review and create a programmatic agreement among various state and federal agencies related to how historical properties could be affected by the actions of TVA.

As a federal agency, the National Historic Preservation Act requires TVA to consider the repercussions of their actions on historic sites.

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Tennessee Valley Authority service area

The agreement would make the review process more efficient for certain categories of activities,” Kathy Hodges, a spokesperson for the project, explains, “It would identify those activities to exclude from further Section 106 review because they would have little or no effect on historic properties, along with activities that are small and repetitive in nature that would instaed undergo an internal review. Those later activities include building maintenance and rehibilitation, mainly on structures less than 50 years old; operation and maintenance of transmission lines, substations, and switchyards, and repair and maintenance activities including fencing, road maintenance, exterior lighting, and others.”

According to Hodges, TVA is consulting with seven state historic preservation officers within the service area, 18 federally recognized tribes, and the advisory council on historic preservation in the development of the programmatic agreement.

Comments should be submitted through Jan. 17 by email t0 or in writing by mail to: Travis Hill Henry, Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D, Knoxville, TN, 37902.

Additional information can be found at


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TVA-BRMEMC rate increase soon to appear on bills


YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corporation (BRMEMC) announced the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) wholesale rate increase will appear on customers’ October bills, resulting in a 1.53 percent spike for residential consumers and a 1.64 percent raise for the smallest commercial (GSA1) customers. Demand and energy load characteristics will determine the impact on GSA2 and GSA3 consumers.

The passed-along-to-customers rate increase is the first in five years despite TVA’s implementation of a comparable raise over the four previous years. BRMEMC attests that the corporation is unable to absorb the heightened cost, while TVA states the increase is necessary to reduce incurred long-term debt and improve general financial conditions.

Jeremy Nelms BRMEMC

BRMEMC General Manager Jeremy Nelms

“TVA’s continued annual wholesale power cost increases have created challenges for our Members, as roughly 63% of each BRMEMC Member’s monthly electric bill is used to pay for wholesale power,” BRMEMC General Manager Jeremy Nelms stated, “BRMEMC works hard to keep distribution costs low, ranking in the lowest quartile among all Cooperatives in the U.S., but we also have to purchase all of the power we supply our Members. As our costs increase, we must pass theses costs through to our Members, It’s not something that we like to do…It is something that we must do to remain fiscally stable.”

The fixed cost portion of residential bills will rise from $19.53 to $21.27. GSA1 consumers should expect an increase from $20.86 to $22.39. BRMEMC advised that customer confusion may occur due to TVA’s billing methodology which will reallocate specific charges within BRMEMC rates. TVA rate increases are expected to climb for a minimum of an additional year.

According to BRMEMC, the corporation intends to advocate with TVA to limit further annual rate increases and vigilantly monitor the changes on behalf of its Members.

Questions or concerns should be directed toward BRMEMC at 1-800-292-6456.


Feature Photo: BRMEMC headquarters in Young Harris, GA


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