Groups Criticize TVA Conservation Plan

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Valley Authority's plans to promote energy conservation have environmental groups saying the utility should be doing more.

The nation's largest public power provider will spend $22 million next year to encourage customers to use less energy.

But Stephen Smith, the executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, says the Environmental Protection Agency has asked businesses to spend 1 percent of their revenues on conservation. That would be $97 million for TVA.

Utility president Tom Kilgore says the $22 million for conservation is just a beginning. More money is likely to be spent once conservation programs are up and running.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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