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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.

Last Updated: May 19, 2016

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