The Tennessee Valley Authority flourished in 1947 as never before. Last week, in TVA's 14th annual report to Congress, Chairman Gordon Clapp listed the facts of progress:
¶ From its 26 dams (with two more under construction), TVA supplied 15 billion kilowatt hours of electricity (ten times the 1933 rate).
¶ To run everything from sweet-potato curers to washing machines, rural consumers were using electricity at 60% above the national average, were buying it at 16% under the national average rate.
¶ By holding back flood waters in storage reservoirs, TVA engineers had prevented an estimated $7.5 million in flood damage last winter.