TVA to expand Buffalo Mountain wind generation ten-fold

OLIVER SPRINGS, Tenn., Jan. 14, 2003 — TVA has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Invenergy, a Chicago-based energy development company, to add 27 megawatts of wind power to the two-megawatt Buffalo Mountain wind park near Oliver Springs, Tenn.

“TVA built the first commercial wind-powered turbines in the southeastern United States, helping launch a successful partnership with local power distributors to give the people of the Tennessee Valley the choice to buy electricity generated from renewable energy sources,” TVA Chairman Glenn McCullough, Jr. said.

“This 10-fold increase in wind power generation demonstrates our commitment to being a leader in environmental stewardship, and it will make green power available to more residential, business and industrial customers throughout the Valley.”

The Buffalo Mountain wind park is part of TVA’s Green Power Switch ® program — a renewable-energy initiative that offers Valley consumers a choice in the type of power they buy. At present, the Buffalo Mountain Wind Park has three wind-powered generators each with a capacity of 660 kilowatts.

Green Power Switch®, which includes energy generated by wind, solar and methane gas sources, is currently offered by TVA and 49 distributors of TVA power. More than 6,000 residential consumers and more than 300 businesses have signed up for green power. Residential and commercial customers can sign up for green power on the TVA web page,, which lists all participating distributors, or by calling their local power distributor.

Invenergy will develop, engineer, finance, construct, own and operate 18 new 1,500-kilowatt wind turbines at TVA’s Buffalo Mountain site. The new turbines will provide enough wind generation to power 4,500 Tennessee Valley homes. They are expected to be in commercial operation in November. TVA is the nation’s largest public power producer, providing power to large industries and 158 power distributors that serve 8.3 million consumers in seven southeastern states. TVA manages the Tennessee River and its tributaries to provide multiple benefits, including flood control, navigation, water quality and recreation. Its power system and natural resource stewardship programs are self-financed.

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