Angela Garrone 
Member since Jun 25, 2015

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Re: “Jones Opposes TVA Wells with Resolution Tuesday

I applaud the City Council for their leadership here. This issue was addressed at today's TVA Board meeting in Knoxville by TVA CEO Bill Johnson, after a copy of the City Council resolution was presented to the Board during the public comment period at the start of the Board meeting. Johnson's statements continued to stress the low-cost option of TVA drilling its own wells (which has already begun) to use Memphis aquifer water. As water resources become more scarce, TVA's withdrawals could become a real threat to drinking water supplies - remember this plant is designed to operate over 40+ years. Many utilities look at pure costs that are easily quantifiable and ignore the cost to the community and the ability to adequately supply drinking water, as well as the long term effect such a large with withdrawal from an already taxed aquifer. Also not factored in, is the cost benefit to the City of Memphis if TVA were to purchase all of this "replacement" cooling water from MLGW directly, helping to offset water costs for all MLGW customers. Johnson also failed to mention how TVA will be monitoring and reporting withdrawals, something MLGW does at their own wells. Without proper monitoring and reporting, TVA could feasibly withdraw more than 3.5 million gallons of water today if that became necessary to continue operation of the plant. MLGW is TVA's largest customer, representing 11% of TVA's total electric load. As both a federal power provider and a wholesale provider of power to MLGW, TVA owes it to their largest customer and Memphians at large, to approach this issue with a more holistic approach that accounts for the true costs of withdrawing our precious aquifer water and respects the rights of Memphis and MLGW. There are other viable sources for this cooling water that, while more "costly" by traditional metrics, represent a better option than depleting our aquifer. Thank you to the Flyer for covering such an important issue and keeping Memphians informed!

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Posted by Angela Garrone on 08/25/2016 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Sustainability Projects to Watch in 2016

love love love seeing news like this! the project training inmates on sustainable technologies is my personal favorite and a model that should gain national traction!

Posted by Angela Garrone on 01/05/2016 at 8:46 AM

Re: “The Future of Energy

Great piece! So glad to see recognition for what clean energy can do for Memphis, not only to help alleviate poverty but also to create more jobs with a clean energy economy. Happy to have a leader like Rep. Cohen that will start a much needed conversation!

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Posted by Angela Garrone on 06/25/2015 at 1:34 PM


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