* TVA restarted Browns Ferry Units 2 and 3 in the 1990s. As part of a long-range integrated resource planning process, TVA deferred the decision in 1995 to recover Unit 1.
* image of inside of browns ferry In 2002, TVA completed a number of detailed studies and determined that restarting the long idled reactor was the best business decision to help meet growing demand for electricity in its service area.
* In 2002, when the TVA Board decided to authorize the restart project, TVA estimated Unit 1 would have to operate between seven and eight years in order to pay back the cost of recovery.
* When the $1.9 billion project to restart Unit 1 completed in 2007 as scheduled, the payback period had dropped to about two and a half years of operation due to the rising costs of power across the nation. After a year of operation, it has saved our customers nearly $800 million in avoided power purchases.
* The American Nuclear Society presented TVA with the 2007 Utility Achievement Award for Outstanding Improvement in Performance “in recognition of the most extensive restart effort in the nuclear industry, culminating in the successful return to service of Unit 1 as the first nuclear generating plant to come online in more than a decade.”