The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is seeking 5 GW of clean energy to be available before 2029 in what the federally owned utility said is one of the largest clean energy procurement requests in the U.S.

In a recent request for proposals, the utility indicated it would consider solar, onshore or offshore wind, hydropower, geothermal, biomass, nuclear, renewable gas, battery energy storage systems and hybrid combinations. Implementation of clean energy sources is part of a long-term goal to achieve a 70% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and 80% by 2035, without raising costs or impacting reliability, andSource: TVASource: TVA achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. To support its carbon-reduction efforts, the TVA also plans to bring an additional 10,000 MW of solar energy capacity online by 2035.

TVA is considering advanced nuclear technology as a component of its decarbonization program. The utility will pursue a construction license application for a light-water, small modular reactor (SMR) at the Clinch River, Tennessee site, and is in discussions with GE Hitachi to support their BWRX-300 light-water SMR design.

Proposals for clean energy generating systems must be submitted by October 19, 2022. TVA will announce selected projects in Spring 2023.

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