Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) chairman Craven Crowell wants TVA to be able to compete with other utilities for customers outside its service territory. Congress established the territorial boundaries in 1959, limiting TVA and distributors of TVA power to the areas they served as of July 1 of that year. Speaking at the American Public Power Association in Washington, DC, on February 1, Crowell said he has commissioned a study by Palmer Bellevue to examine how to remove the "fence" that prevents TVA from expanding. He also claimed that other utilities are trying to lure TVA customers away. Crowell said TVA already has in place the elements that will allow it to expand its customer base and range of services. Specifically, he pointed to TVA's large fiber-optic network and its investigation of ways to piggy-back communications products onto its transmission and distribution network. (em LB
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