Kentucky Senators Want Changes At TVA

Knoxville (AP) -- The two US Senators from Kentucky are raising the stakes in an ongoing debate between electric distributors wanting to break away from the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Republican Senators Jim Bunning and Mitch McConnell have introduced legislation to change current laws and give the distributors more freedom and cheaper power.

Their bill also calls for a study into the privatization of TVA. It is the country's largest public utility and provides electricity to more than 8 million customers in the South through 158 distributors.

But Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander says he strongly opposes the bill.

Several distributors in Kentucky have filed notice they want to leave TVA when their contracts are up. Only three remain intent on leaving.

Distributors who leave TVA and get power from another source would have to build their own transmission lines.

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