TVA and Its Partners
TVA could not accomplish all the things it does without a little help from its friends. That’s why TVA joins with different partners in many of its operations.
To help manage the river system, TVA works with two important federal partners: the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U. S. Coast Guard. Also, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is a partner in state government that helps TVA work on water quality in the watershed of the Tennessee River.
The best-known TVA partners are the 154 local power companies—municipalities and co-ops—that are distributors of TVA power. TVA sells the power to them, and they resell it to the people and businesses living and working in their area.
TVA partners with many other groups to do what’s called economic development—that is, helping to bring new businesses and factories to the region so that people in the Valley can find good jobs. To find out who some of these groups are, see TVA and Its Partners.
To help the environment, TVA works with partners like Habitat for Humanity and the Department of Energy to design and build homes that use a lot less energy than most homes do today. TVA also works with groups of scientists who are studying air pollution and ways to clean it up. See the Strategic Sustainable Performance Plan for more about these activities.
In addition, TVA and its power distributor partners have started the popular Green Power Switch program, which lets people buy electricity from renewable resources such as wind and solar energy.