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  • The Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) Watts Bar 2, which began commercial operation in October 2016, is the nation's first new nuclear power reactor in the 21st century.
  • The TVA, which supplies most of Tennessee's electricity generation, operates 19 dams, 2 nuclear power plants, 7 natural gas-fired generating plants, and 6 coal-fired plants in the state.
  • With the nation's third-largest pumped storage hydroelectric generating facility and more than two dozen hydroelectric dams, Tennessee's 2016 net generation from hydroelectric power was the third-highest among states east of the Mississippi River, and eighth-highest nationwide.
  • The Southeast's first major wind farm, located  on Tennessee's Buffalo Mountain, began operating as a 2 megawatt facility in 2000 and has since been expanded to 29 megawatts.
  • Four utility-scale solar photovoltaic facilities around Selmer, Tennessee, have a combined capacity of 56 megawatts and are the largest solar facilities in the state.

Last Updated: May 18, 2017

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Tennessee, U.S. Rankings

Total Energy per Capita 19
Total Energy per Capita 25
Total Energy 31
Crude Oil 27
Natural Gas 24
Coal 21
Electricity 20
Natural Gas 26
Electricity 45
Carbon Dioxide Emissions 18

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

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