The above is a remarkable headline but it is not all. The TVA will also install modern pollution controls on three dozen additional coal units, in addition to retiring 18 coal plants. The 18 plants total 2,700 megawatts and will be off line by 2018.
The plants being retired date back to the 1950s and never had pollution controls installed.
The TVA combination of plant retirments and modern pollution controls is estimated to prevent 1,800 premature deaths per year.
Congratulations to the TVA, four states, federal officials, and environmental organizations that arrived at this blockbuster agreement.
Good energy news indeed.