Cities pressure TVA to boost renewable energy as Memphis weighs breaking away

by James Bruggers, InsideClimate News

For eight decades, Memphis has bought its electricity from the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation’s largest public utility and a key part of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal to lift a region out poverty.

But that arrangement could change as renewable energy costs fall.

The city’s municipal utility, TVA’s largest customer, has launched a study to explore whether it can save money by breaking away from TVA, possibly by developing or buying renewable energy sources like solar and wind.

Memphis’ move, encouraged by environmentalists who have laid out a roadmap for transformation, comes as other large cities in Tennessee—including Nashville and Knoxville—are encouraging TVA to transition faster to renewable energy.

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