TVA spilling water as region stays ahead on rainfall

TVA spilling water as region stays ahead on rainfall

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TVA said power generation from dams is up 130%. TVA said power generation from dams is up 130%.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - With East Tennessee more than 14 inches ahead of schedule on rainfall for this time of year, the Tennessee Valley Authority is once again spilling water from local dams.

TVA said lake levels are at the top of summer range and are expected to stay at that level for the next week.

The agency is spilling about 216,000 gallons per second at its Fort Loudoun Dam.

The extra rainfall has been a boon for hydroelectric power generation.

A TVA spokesperson said they were 130% above the normal amount of power generated by this time of year.

The agency is currently running two hydroelectric generating units and two others are in maintenance.

They expect to continue to spill water until August, depending on rain and runoff, when the other units are slated to come back online.

 

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