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  • The newly licensed Watts Bar 2 will become the nation's newest nuclear reactor when it begins commercial operations in 2016. 
  • Almost half of the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) territory is in Tennessee. The TVA operates 19 hydroelectric dams, 2 large nuclear power plants, and several other power generation facilities in the state.
  • At almost 9.8 million megawatthours in 2015, Tennessee's net electricity generation from hydroelectric power was the third-highest among states east of the Mississippi River, and sixth-highest in the nation as a whole.
  • The Southeast's first major wind farm, located  on Tennessee's Buffalo Mountain near Oliver Springs, began operating as a 2 megawatt facility in 2000. The wind farm's generating capacity has been expanded to 29 megawatts.
  • Two utility-scale solar photovoltaic facilities in McNairy County, Tennessee, are the largest in the state and have a combined capacity of 40 megawatts.
  • Average site electricity consumption for Tennessee households is 33% higher than the national average and is among the highest in the nation. Spending for electricity is closer to the U.S. average because of relatively low electricity prices, according to EIA's Residential Energy Consumption Survey.

Last Updated: May 19, 2016

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Tennessee, U.S. Rankings

Total Energy per Capita 20
Total Energy per Capita 25
Total Energy 31
Crude Oil 28
Natural Gas 25
Coal 21
Electricity 18
Natural Gas 23
Electricity 40
Carbon Dioxide Emissions 18

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Today In Energy

Natural gas, renewables dominate electric capacity additions in first half of 2012
Aug 20, 2012

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Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Office of Energy Programs

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Tennessee Housing Development Agency - Weatherization Assistance Program

Tennessee Regulatory Authority

Tennessee Valley Authority


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