Reviewing the Role of Hydropower in TVA Reservoir Operations

by Douglas H. Walters, TVA Power Planning, Chattanooga, United States,
Christopher D. Ungate, TVA Power Planning, Chattanooga, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '91: A New View of Hydro Resources


The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has reviewed the long term operating priorities for its reservoir system to determine the appropriate role of water quality and recreation as compared to navigation, flood control and hydropower. Changes to operating policies to provide minimum flows systemwide, to aerate the releases from 16 dams in the eastern half of the Tennessee Valley, and to improve summer lake levels on tributary storage reservoirs have been made which preserve the flexibility of hydropower to meet critical power system needs and avoid the waste of waterpower.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Federal government | Reservoirs | Water pollution | Waste storage | Power plants | Water storage | Water-based recreation | Tennessee | United States

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