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TVA says on its website that it provides electricity for nine million customers in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Trump has promised to revive the coal industry.
Johnson said cheaper natural gas, not Obama administration regulations, is responsible for the downturn in coal, so retiring coal plants is the cheapest way to serve customers, Mattise reports. "Our statutory duty is to produce electricity at the lowest feasible rate. And when we decided to close the coal plants, that was the math we were doing. We weren't trying to comply with the Clean Power Plan or anything else," Johnson said. "What's the cheapest way to serve the customer? It turned out to be retiring those coal plants."
Mattise reports, "Johnson acknowledged that Trump could try to change the direction of the agency. By May, Trump can fill five of nine TVA board slots to establish a new majority." Those nominees would need to be confirmed by the Senate. Johnson said "TVA hasn't had direct discussions with the administration about the agency's direction or been invited to meet top administration officials yet."