Tennessee Solar Energy Association provides the following testimony in the form of questions.
We ask for a status of the pumped store(s) as the energy storage potential for accepting solar generated energy for night time use. What is the condition of the major pumped store at Raccoon Mountain? How is it being used today? Are there reasons for not employing the store for excess solar energy? There are other smaller locations with pumped store capabilities; are they being used? Pumped store is a lot cheaper than the cost of storing energy in batteries?
Another item is the monthly bill. We ask that our monthly bills be more specific including all charges detailed. Are there fixed charges that are not detailed in our bill? There was an announcement that the rates would drop in the next month. Is that for all categories of customers? I keeping the charter to produce all electricity for sale in the valley, then please let us know what other rates are offered to non-residential customers.
Jim Hackworth, President
Tennessee Solar Energy Association