Thanks To The TVA Power Generation Employees

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Thank you to the TVA employees working at the various generation facilities. They are the ones out there in the cold who suffer in weather like we have this weekend. They are the ones who keep the electrical power generation machinery going, they break up frozen coal piles and they make emergency repairs.

They don’t get the benefit nor recognition they truly deserve. It is those people who make TVA a success. It is those people who struggle through demanding circumstances and keep the system going so we can all have reliable electricity – not the upper management who get million dollar bonuses while staying warm and dry. 

I’m a TVA retiree. The last 27 years of my work at TVA were spent working on projects for receiving, storing, reclaiming and then transporting coal into the powerhouse so it would be there to keep the boilers going and produce electricity – no matter what the weather. In those years I saw the harsh conditions that employees who work at the hydro generation, nuclear generation and fossil generation had to endure in order to keep the power on. I never worked on any of the natural gas generation facilities but I imagine their job also has its weather related challenges. 

So the next time harsh weather is forecast say a prayer of safety and thanks for those who have to be out in it so we can stay warm and cozy. They are the ones who deserve the bonuses. 

Tom Wheatley
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