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    Despite ambitious carbon goals, environmental group blasts TVA for buying new natural gas plants


    October 4, 2022 - Dave Flessner, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tenn.

     

      Oct. 4—The Tennessee Valley Authority has cut its carbon emission by nearly 60% since 2005 by shutting down more than half of the 59 coal-fired generating units the utility once operated, and the federal utility is developing plans to shut down even more of its coal power plants by the end of the decade.

      But a new study released Monday by an environmental group concerned about global warming says TVA lags behind most other utilities in its future clean energy plans and is one of the biggest purchasers of new natural gas plants. In a 29-page report labeled "The Dirty Truth about Utility Climate Pledges," the Sierra Club claims TVA is substituting one fossil fuel for another and is failing to meet President Joe Biden's goal of trying to have a carbon-free electric grid by 2035.

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