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  • The Tennessee Valley Authority's Watts Bar 2, which began commercial operation in October 2016, is the nation's first new nuclear power reactor to enter service in the 21st century.
  • The Tennessee Valley Authority is the nation's largest public power corporation, providing electricity to Tennessee and part of six other states. In Tennessee, it operates hydroelectric, nuclear, coal-fired, and natural gas-fired electricity generating plants.
  • In 2017, Tennessee had the third-highest net generation from hydroelectric power among states east of the Mississippi River, and the eighth-highest nationwide.
  • The Tennessee Valley Authority's 1,616-megawatt Raccoon Mountain pumped storage plant, which began operating in 1978, is the third-largest pumped storage hydroelectric facility in the United States.
  • Tennessee is the largest ethanol-producing state in the Southeast and is the 14th-largest ethanol producer in the nation.

Last Updated: May 17, 2018

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