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TVA & Green Power Switch

"Declare the past, diagnose the present, foretell the future; practice these acts.
...Make a habit of two things: To help, or at least to do no harm."
-- Hippocrates (c460 - c370 BCE)

This website concerns "Green Power Switch" (GPS), a "brand" of "alternative energy" or "green power." GPS has been marketed since April 2000 by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) through local distributors in Tennessee and adjacent states. Until the creation of this website in November 2007, TVA and its distributors were the only sources of information about GPS.

This website is independent of TVA (and of all other entities, both public and private). The double purpose of this website is (1) to provide accurate information about GPS and (2) to provide a means for the public to have a voice about GPS. Revisions of the website's many pages will be based on your questions or opinions. Please email your comments to "geovisual at comcast.net." Thank you for helping to make this website effective.

This website has been discussed in an article in Knoxville Voice.

Click here to see the article exactly as it appeared in Knoxville Voice.

Click here to see an annotated version of the same article.

Every statement on this site has been verified by a source of information believed to be reliable. In many cases, the source of information is provided. In all cases, you should test the information given here against other sources of information and against your common sense.

Inadvertent errors are undoubtedly present. If you see anything you believe is incorrect (either an error of commmision or an error of omission), please report what you see by sending email to "geovisual at comcast.net." Any disagreement with what is presented here will be investigated, and -- if justified -- a correction will be made on this website as soon as humanly possible.

Of course the creator of this website has a personal point of view. He sincerely believes that:

  • GPS has little or no positive effect on the environment,

  • TVA created and maintains GPS for its own public relations purposes -- not in the public interest,

  • Many of the businesses which support GPS also do so for cynical public relations purposes,

  • All households, schools, and churches that pay extra for GPS are the unwitting victims of TVA and of other corporations,

  • GPS actually does harm. And -- as Hippocrates also said -- you should "make a habit of two things to help, or at least to do no harm."
  • The author of this website would very much like:

  • For TVA to make full public disclosure of the past, the present, and future of GPS, including (but not limited to) timely and detailed production statistics, consumption statistics by geographic area, the sources and uses of the public's money and of all other funds related to GPS, and specific information about plans to "displace dirty power" with ever increasing quantities of green power in the future.

  • For GPS tokenism to be repaced by a sincere and serious effort on the part of TVA to invest voluntarily in truly significant quanties of green power,

  • For the public to urge government to adopt "renewable portfolio standards" which would require TVA to invest in truly significant quantities of green power, and

  • For significant efforts by TVA and by the public to reduce the demand for electrical power through effective conservation and efficiency methods.
  • Everyone interested in green power is invited to consult the many pages of this website. See the page links at left.

    If you disagree with anything said here, please email "geovisual at comcast.net." If you agree with anything said here, please let TVA know directly (or indirectly through your local electricity distributor).

    If you think you might subscribe to Green Power Switch, please think twice. If you already subscribe, please consider cancelling your subscription.

    GPS does harm. To quote Hippocrates again, "Declare the past, diagnose the present, foretell the future; practice these acts. ...Make a habit of two things to help, or at least to do no harm."

    WHAT TVA
    WON'T TELL YOU
    ABOUT GREEN
    POWER SWITCH

    The author of this website has also created an entertaining
    and richly illustrated PowerPoint presentation documenting
    many of the conclusions shown in this website. He has already
    made the presentation to groups in Knoxville, Tennessee. Anyone
    interested in meeting the author or arranging to see the presentation
    should send email to geovisual at comcast.net.

    Abbreviations Used Above:

    GPS = Green Power Switch
    RPS = Renewable Portfolio Standards
    TVA = Tennessee Valley Authority

    Please email any comments or questions to geovisual at comcast.net

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