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TVA property could lead the way in alternative energy developments

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To the Editor:

After lying “fallow” for more than 30 years, what an opportune time for the 2,100 acres of TVA’s Trousdale County property to plug into the environmental entrepreneurial energy that is growing. Practical alternative technologies are being harnessed and used now. The TVA property was being planned for nuclear energy production. One tower was constructed, and the project was abandoned when energy needs appeared to have been overestimated.

Tennessee’s present governor, Phil Bredesen, has shown a strong interest in Tennessee being a leader in the development of alternative energy sources. With TVA, the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratories within the state’s boundaries there are vigorous sources with which to pursue alternative energy production and uses.

Four Lake Regional Economic Development Authority bought 500 acres from TVA (most of still available for development). Those acres are jointly owned by Trousdale, Smith, Macon, Wilson and Sumner Counties. The “regional economic development” words in its name describe its mission as well as the original mission of TVA. Their contiguous properties could become dynamic additions to statewide plans to ride the new wave of enthusiasm for alternative energies.

New job opportunities would be created as we enter a new era of energy production. Trousdale County has an outstanding Tennessee Technology Center. It seems likely it could be expanded to include instruction in the production and maintenance needed for these new fields.

A union of these idle acres and the burgeoning alternative energy developments would be greatly invigorating to our area and our state. Movement in these technologies is already underway. Vision and focus need to be exercised now to be part of this exciting new wave of energy production.

Ruth Andrews and Faith YoungHartsville 

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