Proposal to Use Alabama Plant for Power Raises Concern

October 11, 2018 8:31 AM

A well-known Memphis environmental activist is leery of a proposal for Memphis to buy its power from a currently incomplete Alabama-based nuclear plant.

The proposal for Memphis to switch from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to the Bellefonte nuclear plant in Hollywood, Alabama, was presented to a Memphis City Council committee on Tuesday by former COO for TVA Bill McCollum, who is now with the group Nuclear Development LLC. McCollum said that the switch could save Memphis $487,000 annually.

Currently, Memphis Light, Gas and Water (MLGW) pays TVA $1 billion a year for electricity. Urging the council not to approve MLGW rate increases, McCollum told the council that “there is a better way to improve infrastructure and help the citizens of Memphis rather than just raising the utility rates and saddling customers with higher bills.”

But, Scott Banbury, the conservation programs coordinator for the Tennessee chapter of the Sierra Club, is skeptical of the proposal. He called it a “financing scheme,” in an email to the Flyer, saying that Nuclear Development is a “self-interested investor.”

“Nuclear Development, LLC has been disingenuous, at best, suggesting that they could lower MLGW ratepayers’ fees by one half,” Banbury wrote. “Nuclear Development, LLC has no real idea of what their final costs will be, and as evidenced by recent experiences in Georgia and South Carolina, the costs and subsequent rates would eventually be much higher."

Of the study MLGW president J.T. Young said the utility is conducting on infrastructure needs and energy options for the future, Banbury said he hopes MLGW is looking at “clean, renewable energy sources like solar and wind power to meet our future demands.”

“MLGW CEO J.T. Young is appropriately cautious about wedding Memphis to Nuclear Development’s pie-in-the-sky pursuit of new nuclear power plants when other such ventures are failing all around us,” Banbury said. “Sierra Club is glad that MLGW is pursuing the study of alternate energy providers.”

Banbury suggests that MLGW invest in renewable energy options, which would “significantly reduce costs to MLGW ratepayers and unburden Memphis from financial responsibility for TVA’s bad choices in the past.”

The "bad choices," Banbury said, result in unlined toxic coal ash ponds along rivers throughout the state. He adds that one of those ponds is here in Memphis and is leaking arsenic, lead, and flouride into the groundwater.

Banbury also said that MLGW should break its contract with TVA that bars the utility from making direct investments in local solar generation, contracting windpower from the midwest, and developing substantial energy efficiency.

“Memphis needs to embrace a broad based supply of clean energy - solar, wind, and efficiency - and not be locked into sole reliance on dirty fossil fuels or nuclear energy,” Banbury said. “Sierra Club says yes to breaking with TVA’s 100 percent requirements, yes to embracing renewable energy, and no to nuclear energy.” Continue Reading

In the past, home owners are restricted to some limited options when they are in search of the best alternatives for natural grass to be installed in their San Diego homes. Artificial grass and huge rock garden are the best options you can consider to be installed in your homes and office.

Some year's back just one variety of artificial grass is available which looks unreal. Things are getting better these days, there are quite pretty number of varieties available when it comes to installing artificial lawns with real and natural feel. This is motivating many people in San Diego to use artificial turf instead of real grass.

Artificial turf fields are on their way to Petaluma, CA. Three artificial turf fields are scheduled to be installed at a Petaluma park. Artificial turf fields will also be installed later at two high schools who are following suit.

Parents have expressed their concerns however concerning risk of bacterial infections, heat conduction, the effects of crumb rubber, and increased risk of physical injuries to players.

A high school in Keizer, OR, is beginning to raise money for a new sports field to be installed with synthetic turf. The high school, McNary High School, says if it raises $1 million, they'll be able to get rid of their irregular and inconvenient natural grass field which has patches of dead grass scattered across its face and replace it with synthetic turf, which will save the school district money and increase usability. The school hopes to start converting their current fields to synthetic turf this summer and to have it completed by the next school year.

Artificial Grass Cost Calculator

Calculate installation costs online! Synthetic lawn vs. natural turf maintenance, initial installation prices, labor and landscape services costs, gallons of water you use every year. Start now and save!

Synthetic Turf DIY Costs

Instantly get the list of materials you need for installation with associated amounts, costs, and rental equipment fees.

Find a Local Dealer

One of the best synthetic grass solutions on the market. Creates perfect traction and the best force reduction properties. Proven to give the best game experience for players.

Fashionable and versatile, perfectly suited to be the star of any outdoor event and the finishing touch that completes your home's meticulously designed yard.

Suited for high traffic play and recreation areas, as well as lower traffic commercial and residential landscapes & pets areas. Provides a soft yet resilient cushion of turf safe enough for children to play on while maintaining top of the line durability standards.

Safe, cost-efficient alternative to traditional grass lawns. Retains plush, original, vivid green state month after month. Withstands any level of foot traffic, extreme weather patterns and function.

The most natural-looking artificial turf on the market. This turf can be installed on landscapes, lawns, playgrounds, traffic medians, pet areas, commercial or residential spaces, and is suitable for lightly to heavily trafficked areas.

Standard of durability for long lasting turf. Unique C Shape blades stand straighter under varying pressure and retain their original shape and blade position while ensuring that your lawn maintains its fresh green look every day.

Rich and luxurious turf creates realistically beautiful plush lawn. Light and heat are diffused through the specialized curves of the blade making it ideal for regions with extreme weather conditions.

Looks more realistic than many of its competitors and can handle up to heavy levels of foot traffic with resilient qualities that make it perfect for pet areas, recreation areas and meticulously designed landscapes.

Find Artificial Grass in Your City

Honolulu Charleston Colorado Springs Provo Cranston Saint Paul Billings Great Falls Springfield Philadelphia Lexington-Fayette Brooklyn Nashua Spokane Kansas City Manchester Tucson Grand Rapids Jacksonville Laramie South Boston Jackson San Antonio Phoenix Raleigh Newark Des Moines St. Louis Houston Huntington

Global Syn-Turf, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and wholesaler of high-quality artificial grass in the United States and Canada. The company offers an extensive selection of products for commercial and residential landscapes, playgrounds, sports athletic fields, municipalities, golf putting greens and pet areas. Global Syn-Turf, Inc. provides innovative, environmentally friendly synthetic turf systems which require little maintenance, no water, pesticides, or fertilizers through multiple company-owned distribution centers across the United States. The state-of-the-art artificial grass offers realism, drainage, performance, safety, and durability. Global Syn-Turf is the exclusive artificial grass partner of San Francisco 49ers.


Global Syn-Turf, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of artificial turf in United States that produces and stores the largest inventory of synthetic turf in the country. Our certified production plants, in the United States and overseas, produce synthetic grass for lawns, sports fields, putting greens, playgrounds, traffic medians, roof-tops, and more.