Tennessee Valley Authority Nuclear Plants

Let's trace TVA's nuclear history and go on a virtual tour of several of the facilities. TVA began building nuclear plants in the 1960's, responding to the growing prosperity of the Tennessee Valley and the rising demand for power.

Today, TVA's three nuclear plants - Brown's Ferry, Sequoya, and Watts Barr - provide about 30% of TVA's power supply. The 6 operating reactors provide more than 6,900 megawatts of clean, safe and affordable electricity - enough to serve more than three-and-a-half-million homes in the Tennessee Valley.

Have a look at these towers. Most people think that these are unique to nuclear power facilities. That's yet another urban myth. Even at our fossil fuel plants, where we burn coal, these towers are used to release wasted heat or steam into the atmosphere.