ATVG Formally Supports Small Modular Reactors In The Valley

ATVG Support of SMRs

By: Mike Arms, ATVG Executive Director

        Our ATVG membership heard a detailed presentation on Winter Storm Elliott from TVA at our January meeting. The presentation provided an hour-by-hour break-down of the events on December 23rd and 24th. The timeline included the loss of Cumberland Unit 1followed a few hours later by the loss of Cumberland Unit 2. With the entire Tennessee River Valley approaching 5 degrees Fahrenheit from a frigid winter storm front that produced a 40 degree temperature drop in a few short hours, the rolling black-outs were mandated to protect the TVA grid. Throughout this weather crisis TVA’s nuclear fleet performed superbly. This nuclear performance begs the question, “Will Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) be the solution to a similar future crisis?”

        ATVG is on record with two resolutions of support for nuclear energy and for SMR’s. Now the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has certified the design for what will be the first SMR in the nation. The new design is inherently safer than the prior large nuclear reactors.

        The rule that certifies this design is now published in the Federal Register. This certification means companies seeking to build and operate a nuclear power plant can pick the design for a 50-mega-watt, advanced light-water SMR by Oregon-based NuScale Power and apply to the NRC for a license.

        The NRC certification is the final determination that the design is acceptable for use, so this design cannot be legally challenged during the licensing process when someone applies to build and operate a nuclear power plant.

        With an approved design in place SMRs are no longer an abstract concept but a new clean, green power source. ATVG has always supported nuclear power as the logical answer for utilities’ transition from fossil fuels to reduce greenhouse emissions. Our organization remains supportive of the Oak Ridge “Clinch Reactor Site” as the first SMR location in the Tennessee Valley. ATVG is also prepared to help communities in the Valley consider SMR locations when appropriate. SMRs are the centerpiece of the next generation of nuclear reactors and will be a source of safe, reliable, and affordable green energy.

ATVG Winter Meeting Agenda and Registration Published

Please join ATVG for our Winter 2023 Meeting planned for January 18, 2023 at the Chattanooga Downtown Marriott.

Download Registration and Agenda here

Agenda includes:

11am – ATVG Board Meeting

Noon: Lunch

1:00 PM -5:00 PM ATVG Membership Program

  • Welcome  and TVA Update
  • TVA Hydro/Fossil Operations
  • Renewable Energy, Seven States Power Corporation on Innovative Technologies for Renewable and Clean Energy
  • TVA Electric Vehicle Program
  • Tour of the TVA Power Operations Center.

5:00 pm Adjourn

5:30 pm Off-site hosted hospitality hour and networking dinner.

Room Reservations at the Downtown Marriott can be made for a special group rate of $109.00   for the dates of Jan 17- Jan 19, 2023 by using the link provided.

Here’s your reservation link to can use to make reservations:
Book your group rate for ATVG Meeting    . If you have questions or need help with the link, please do not hesitate to ask.
Event Summary:
ATVG Meeting
Start Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2023
End Date: Thursday, January 19, 2023
Last Day to Book: Tuesday, December 27, 2022

ATVG President Elected for 2023

During the Fall meeting of ATVG Board of Directors in Gatlinburg, TN, on October 25, Lamar Paris (Right), Sole Commissioner of Union County, Georgia was elected President of the Association of Tennessee Valley Governments for upcoming year 2023.

Photo: ATVG Executive Director Mike Arms and President-Elect Lamar Paris present a plaque to Bill Newman (Left), out going ATVG President for his leadership and service during 2022.

Room Reservation Link Now Active for ATVG Gatlinburg Fall Meeting

Executive Director Mike Arms has announced room reservation Link for  the ASSOCIATION OF TN VALLEY GOVERNMENTS FALL MEETING October 25-26, 2022 at the Courtyard Gatlinburg Downtown is now active.  Director Arms says this ATVG rate is available for an extra night’s stay if ATVG guests wish to reserve extra nights.

ATVG Special rate of $169-$179 is available Tuesday, October 25, 2022- Friday, October 28, 2022.

Last Day to Book is Wednesday, September 28, 2022.

Agenda and Registration will be published as soon as it is finalized.


ATVG Summer Meeting Registration Now Open for Oxford MS

Registration for ATVG Summer Meeting July 27 & 28, 2022 at The Inn at Ole Miss in Oxford Mississippi is now open.  Agenda will include a presentation of the planned development of Ford Motor Company’s “Blue Oval City” to be located in Haywood County, TN.  See Agenda and Registration Form here.

ATVG Room Rates are $99.  For Room Reservations, Contact:

The Inn at Ole Miss

120 Alumni Drive

University,  Mississippi   38677

Tel. 866 430 2692

ATVG 2021 Audit Published

During the meeting of the ATVG Board on April 26, 2022 at Oak Grove, KY, ATVG Treasurer Brent Greer presented the annual audit of the previous budget year.  Mr. Greer stated, “I am pleased there were no findings in the audit for our last budget year completed June 30, 2021.”  The audit was completed by Blackburn, Childers, and Steagall, PLC of Johnson City, TN.  The audit may be viewed here.

TVA To Host ATVG Reception Following ATVG Spring Meeting April 26

The Tennessee Valley Authority has extended an invitation to ATVG members to attend a reception hosted by TVA following the ATVG meeting on April 26, 2022 at Valor Hall, 105 Walter Garrett Lane in Oak Grove, KY.  The reception is planned for 5 pm to 6:30 pm.  You do not have to RSVP to attend.