The U.S. Department of Energy and Tennessee Valley Authority recently announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to provide DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and potentially other federal facilities in TVA’s service territory, with 100% locally supplied carbon emissions-free electricity by 2030.
The MOU will advance the Biden-Harris Administration’s Federal Sustainability Plan goal of sourcing 100% carbon emissions-free electricity to power federal facilities by 2030.
“Energy must be a collaboration where we work together to find practical solutions that drive us towards a clean energy future,” said TVA President and CEO Jeff Lyash. “TVA is proud to be an industry leader in carbon reduction, and we are excited to work with the Department of Energy to explore options to provide 100% clean energy to crucial Federal operations.”
While the MOU centers on DOE’s facilities in Oak Ridge, the two agencies will look to partner with other federal properties in TVA’s service territory, which includes Tennessee and portions of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Virginia.
In the coming months, DOE and TVA will develop a roadmap that could be implemented to provide DOE and potentially other Federal customers served by TVA with 100% carbon emissions-free electricity by 2030 on an annual basis, with at least 50% locally supplied carbon emissions-free electricity on an hourly basis to match Federal agency demand on a 24/7 hourly basis.