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Tennessee Valley Authority by Nathan Farooq



The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) was created by a congressional charter in May 1933 to provide navigation, flood control, electricity generation, fertilizer manufacturing and economic development in the Tennessee Valleya region heavily impacted by the depression. The region covers most of Tennessee, parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky and small parts of surrounding states. President Roosevelt signed the TVA Act on May 18, 1933. Today, TVA is the nation’s largest public power company, providing electric power to over 9 million customers in the Tennessee Valley. It acts primarily as an electric power wholesaler, selling to 156 retail power distributors and 56 industrial or government customers. Power comes from dams providing hydroelectric power, fossil fuel plants, nuclear power plants, combustion turbines, wind turbines and solar panels.


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Tennessee Valley Authority Act (TVA) - May 18, 1933 (by Eric Lausch)
· Signed by Franklin Roosevelt during his first 100 days in office

PURPOSE
· Was created to improve navigability on the Tennessee River, provide flood control, reforest and improve marginal farm land, assist in industrial and agricultural development
· Brought thousands of people electricity
· Introduced modern agriculture techniques such as: improving crop yields, replant forests, and improve habitat for fish and wildlife. Also taught farmers to use phosphate fertilizers and the planting of cover crops for soil conservation
· Between 1933-1944 the TVA engaged in one of the largest hydropower construction programs ever undertaken in the United States

TVA TODAY
· Americas largest public power company
· Consists of over 17,000 miles of transmission lines
· Has created opportunities for fishing, sailing, canoeing, and over 100 public campgrounds