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After pandemic starts and stutters, TVA finally allows personal public input at meetings
For the first time in nearly two years, the publicly owned Tennessee Valley Authority will host a public listening session on the day prior to its next board of directors meeting.
Since shifting to virtual board meetings in 2020, TVA diverged from other utilities across the country by not holding a single virtual public listening session. In addition, written comments submitted by ratepayers prior to board meetings have not been shared with the media or the public.
Take Back TVA Rally
August 18, 2021
Tennessee Valley Energy Democracy Movement
Looking for something to do after work? Want to be part of a rising movement urging TVA to move away from fossil fuels in the face of the global climate crisis? Support transparency from the largest public utility in the country?
The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Appalachian Voices, Center for Biological Diversity, the Sunrise Movement, Sierra Club, and other local organizations are hosting a clean-energy rally from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today (Aug. 18) on Market Square near TVA’s headquarters in downtown Knoxville.
TVA hasn’t had a public listening session in over a year, according to rally organizers. Rally participants will demand that TVA:
— Restore public listening and input sessions;
— Commit to 100 percent clean energy by 2030;
— Not build new fossil gas plants;
— Protect coal ash workers, and;
— Dispose of coal ash properly with public health and safety as the utmost priority.
The rally will feature songs from local musicians, a reading of demands for TVA, speakers discussing pressing issues for TVA and our region, and a short march around Market Square.
Masks and social distancing are encouraged. For those unable to attend in person, a virtual option is available at Tennessee Valley Energy Democracy Movement Facebook page.