TVA … Severe Weather…Power Outages

By  | March 2, 2012 | Filed under: News

Tennessee Valley Authority has activated its Transmission Emergency Operations Center to assess the damage and manage the response to today’s severe storms.

At this time, TVA reports its transmission system is stable and secure. Ten transmission lines are out of service in North Alabama and Southeast Tennessee, where the most severe weather was reported.

All TVA customer connections are in service with the exception of five connection points for Volunteer Electric in Hamilton and Bradley counties in Tennessee.

Initial reports from Athens and Huntsville, Ala., are that an estimated 44,000 customers are experiencing outages. TVA is aware of outages in other locations, but does not have estimated customer numbers yet.

All three nuclear sites remain safe. The three units at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant near Athens, Ala., are operating at full power. Sequoyah Unit 1 in Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., has been shut down since Feb. 27 for a scheduled refueling outage and will not be returning to operation until later this month.  Sequoyah Unit 2 is currently at 80 percent power, due to transmission lines being out of service from the storm in the area of the plant. Watts Bar Unit 1 in Spring City, Tenn., is operating at full power.

TVA crews are assessing the damage as the weather permits and it is safe to do so.

TVA will provide additional reports as soon as it has more information.

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