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Doing Business with TVA

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation. We are glad you have chosen to explore doing business with TVA. As we continue to fulfill TVA's mission, we are looking for suppliers that can provide a competitive edge.

Supporting Diversity

TVA is committed to maintaining a competitive, diverse supplier base that is reflective of the TVA region. We do this by supporting the utilization of qualified businesses that are small, minority-owned, woman-owned, veteran-owned, service-disabled veteran-owned, and located in historically underutilized business (HUB) zones.

TVA may assist suppliers in qualifying for contract opportunities by promoting joint ventures, partnerships, and subcontracting relationships to aid in business development. Learn more...

Supporting Sustainable Acquisition (Green Procurement)

TVA is committed to sustainable acquisition or buying "green." We are committed to buying products that meet the following criteria:

  • Bio-based
  • Energy Star
  • Environmentally Preferable Products
  • Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Products
  • FEMP Designated Products
  • Non-Ozone Depleting Substances
  • Non-Toxic (or less toxic alternative)
  • Recycled Content Products
  • Water Efficient Products (WaterSense)

In addition to buying "green," TVA wants to do business with suppliers that are environmentally responsible in their corporate operations. Click here for a listing of green products, resources, tools, definitions approved by TVA and/or other US government agencies.

How TVA Chooses Suppliers

Generally speaking, TVA selects potential suppliers on the basis of qualifications, resources and capabilities, prior experience with the type of work and scope planned, and financial strength. Some of the key factors we consider in making contract awards are:

  • Safety record
  • Price
  • Depth and breadth of inventory
  • Just-in-time delivery capability
  • Technical knowledge and expertise
  • Experience
  • Customer satisfaction
  • Ability to competitively furnish "green" products or services
  • Financial stability
  • Innovative ideas that result in lower total cost of ownership (TCO)

As necessary for efficient and effective operations, TVA selects suppliers with demonstrated experience, qualifications, and products or services that meet TVA's requirements. TVA establishes strategic alliances with suppliers that are designed to leverage the strengths of individual companies to achieve ongoing benefits to each party. TVA is migrating to a Strategic Sourcing/Category Management Model to optimize its supplier base resulting in fewer numbers of suppliers and opportunities.

Getting Started

As you navigate through this site, you will learn more about TVA's Supply Chain organization and the process for doing business with TVA. We recognize our suppliers as partners in working to make TVA better and we value your input.

Click here to register to become a potential supplier. Thank you for your interest in establishing a business relationship with us.

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