It now costs less to install solar and wind generation than it does to merely operate a coal fired power plant.

A new statewide survey of 600 Tennessee voters found 81 percent of respondents want Tennessee to increase its use of solar power and 88 percent said they would use more solar energy in their home if it was available at the same or lower price.

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"With actions like increasing mandatory fixed charges, limiting contracts with solar companies, and not paying fair rates for solar generation, TVA is undermining the solar power market, all in a desperate attempt to maintain control of power generation and limit customer choice," Stephen Smith the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy said at a news conference Monday. "Public power has always prided itself on its ability to be different from some of the investor-owned utilities in its ability to work with customers and give them what they want. Yet, this is 180 degrees in the opposite direction; it is heavy handed, monopolistic behavior."

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Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid / TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.