Entries by Trent Scott

NRECA Names Former U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson New CEO

(Arlington, Va.) — The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) today announced that former U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson has been selected to serve as NRECA’s 6th chief executive officer. Matheson will succeed Jo Ann Emerson, who was stricken by a severe illness in August of last year.  He will join the association and assume his […]

What’s in it for “we?”

One of the most attractive features of cooperatives is that we answer the popular question, “What’s in it for me?” with “What’s in it for we!” Cooperatives are formed when the market fails to offer a good or service, with decent quality, at an affordable price. Electric cooperatives in Tennessee were formed in the 1930s […]

Co-ops are prepared for summer storms

Summer is here, school is out and families are gearing up for a few months of fun and relaxation. While summer brings much fun in the sun, it can also bring the occasional severe storm. In the event of a power outage, you can trust that your local electric cooperative is ready to respond. The […]

Move Over Law Reminder

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Move Over and Save a Life Five years after the Tennessee’s Move Over Law was expanded to include utility workers, lineman continue to face roadside hazards   [HEADQUARTERS CITY] – In 2011, following efforts by Tennessee’s electric cooperatives and municipal utilities, the state’s Move Over law was revised to not only […]

Washington Youth Tour depart

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Local Students Depart for Nation’s Capital [HEADQUARTERS CITY] – [XX] students from [COUNTY NAME or REGION] are headed to Washington, D.C. as a part of the 2016 Washington Youth Tour. [STUDENT NAME AND SCHOOL], [STUDENT NAME AND SCHOOL] and [STUDENT NAME AND SCHOOL] will join more than 130 other students from […]

Co-op Governance

CO-OP GOVERNANCE Talking Points | May 2016   Electric cooperatives are member-owned and not-for-profit. Electric cooperatives are owned by the consumers they serve. These consumers are members of the cooperative. Co-ops provide cost-based power to their members. Electric cooperatives are member-regulated. Co-op members elect a board of directors who oversee the activities of the cooperative, […]

Visit from elected official

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   [Politician name] visits [co-op name] [CITY] – [Politician Name] met with leaders from [co-op] today in [location] to tour the co-op’s facilities and better understand how the utility operates. [briefly describe visit] [quote from politician] “Electric cooperatives like [co-op] are not-for-profit and member-owned. That makes us rather unusual in the utility […]

Members speak up at 2016 TECA TennCom Conference

The name was not the only change visible in this year’s TECA Marketing, Communications and Member Service Conference, now known as TennCom. A new session allowed attendees to hear from co-op members. Four co-op members from various backgrounds and all parts of the state participated in the first “State of the Member” panel discussion. Panelists […]