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State and Nation

September 3, 2013

TVA won't ask to raise borrowing cap

— CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority won't ask Congress to raise its borrowing cap for at least the next 10 years.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/15An5bV) reports that the federal utility says it anticipates being able to reduce its net borrowing in the next two years and reduce its debt over a decade by $5 billion. That's because the demand for electricity is slowing.

Just a few years ago, agency officials worried the $30 billion debt cap imposed by Congress would be a problem.

TVA says its debt is expected to peak in 2015 just below the cap and then begin to decline.

TVA provides power to about 9 million people in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

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