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  • The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is the nation's largest public power corporation. It owns more than 90% of Tennessee's electric generating capacity and three-fifths of the power plants, including the 10 largest power plants in the state.
  • TVA's Watts Bar 2 generating plant, which began commercial operations in October 2016, is the nation's first new nuclear power reactor to enter service in the 21st century. Tennessee's two nuclear power plants provided 44% of in-state electricity in 2019.
  • Tennessee's one petroleum refinery, located in Memphis, can process about 180,000 barrels of crude oil per calendar day.
  • In 2019, natural gas use by Tennessee's electric power sector was about 32 times greater than a decade earlier as the state's natural gas-fired generation reached a record high and coal-fired generation declined.
  • Tennessee is the largest ethanol-producing state in the Southeast and is the 14th-largest ethanol supplier in the nation.

Last Updated: June 18, 2020

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