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    TVA Rate Change Resources

    TECA has developed the following news story for member systems to customize and use. On Aug. 8, the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors approved a wholesale rate increase that will take effect on Oct. 1.  The average Cooperative Name residential member (1500kWh/month) will see a $1.60 increase on their monthly electric bill. TVA is raising electric rates to meet the power requirements in the Valley, make nuclear safety modifications following the earthquake in Japan, improve cyber-security and continue investing in clean-air initiatives and energy efficiency. “These strategic investments are key to providing reliable, low-cost electricity now and into the […]

  • Tom Purkey serves as Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association.

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    The people are the co-op

    by Tom Purkey, Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association I’m no psychologist, but I know that it’s important in this world of ups and downs to find the positive things in your life and focus on them rather than allowing the negative issues to control your thoughts. In our business of providing safe, reliable and affordable electric service to rural electric cooperative members, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the many complex issues facing the energy industry: How do we reduce carbon dioxide emissions into our atmosphere? Is it feasible to collect these emissions […]

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    TVA buys Magnolia gas plant

    by Pam Sohn, Chattanooga Times Free Press TVA finalized its purchase of the Magnolia Combined Cycle Gas Plant in northern Mississippi on Wednesday, paying $436 million for what will be the utility’s biggest gas-fired power plant. “At less than half the cost of new construction, the fully permitted Magnolia plant will be a cost-effective addition to the TVA system,” Bob Irvin, senior vice president for TVA Strategy & Planning, said in announcing the purchase. Combined-cycle gas plants generate electricity from gas turbines as well as from one or more generators powered by steam heated by the turbines’ exhaust. The three-unit […]

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    Tennessee Co-ops Respond to Irene

    More than 115 volunteers from electric cooperatives in Tennessee are helping to restore electric service in North Carolina and Virginia following Hurricane Irene. This cooperation is enabled through mutual aid agreements between electric cooperatives.  A pre-storm conference call was held to work out details in advance of the storm. Many Tennessee crews were in place and ready to begin working just hours after the storm had passed. “The cooperatives where Tennessee crews are working have experienced severe damage,” says David Callis, vice president of statewide services for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. “Without the assistance of other cooperatives, the recovery […]

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    Barns of Tennessee

    Barns of Tennessee is a beautiful 152 page book that features photos submitted by readers of The Tennessee Magazine. Whether built of stone, log, brick or metal, barns have long been the heart and soul of Tennessee farms. With this collection of photographs comes many heartfelt stories from Tennesseans about their ancestors, families, and barns. In Barns of Tennessee, authors Caneta Skelley Hankins and Michael Thomas Gavin explore various types of building methods and architectural types, comparing and contrasting their similarities and differences. They examine the relationship of barns to their traditional agricultural uses as shelters for animals, storage for […]

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    Move Over

    On July 1, Electric and other utility workers will be protected by Tennessee’s Move Over law NASHVILLE – The next time you see an electric utility vehicle working on the side of the road, slow down and give it room. The workers will appreciate your courtesy, and a new Tennessee law requires it. Legislation signed by Gov. Bill Haslam on April 5 expands Tennessee’s Move Over law to include electric and other utility vehicles. Police, fire and highway construction vehicles were already covered before the law’s expansion. Effective July 1, motorists approaching a utility vehicle with flashing lights are required […]

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    Full LIHEAP Funding Urged

    By Michael W. Kahn | ECT Staff Writer With temperatures in the nation’s capital topping 90 degrees for the 16th consecutive day, advocates fanned out seeking congressional support for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. LIHEAP advocates fanned out across Capitol Hill urging lawmakers to fully fund the program. (Photo By: Michael W. Kahn) “A lot of at-risk people across the nation are counting on us,” said Tom Stovall, chairman of the board of directors of the National Fuel Fund Network, of which NRECA is a member. Stovall spoke to more than five dozen participants in the network’s LIHEAP […]

  • Tom Purkey serves as Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association.

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    It’s annual meeting time across Tennessee

    by Tom Purkey, Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association I always look forward to the late summer and early fall months. Personally, as a big football fan, I get excited in August when the pads start popping, high school and college athletes begin fall practice and professional teams play their final exhibition tune-ups. The next three months are also full of rewarding moments in my work at the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. I have the pleasure of visiting with electric cooperative members all across Tennessee as they come together to attend their respective cooperative […]

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    Facts About Mercury in CFLs

    Ads and packaging materials for compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) proclaim that they use much less energy and last much longer than standard incandescent bulbs. However, if you read the fine print on the packaging or find the notice on the base of each bulb, you’ll see that it contains mercury. While that may raise an alarm in your mind, there’s no need to worry. The amount of mercury inside the glass tubes of an average CFL is miniscule—about the equivalent of the tip of a ballpoint pen―and it’s especially small when compared to other items you may have around your […]

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    Reinventing the Incandescent Lightbulb

    By Magen Howard For the first time in more than 100 years, the basic incandescent lightbulb is getting a facelift. To accommodate new energy efficiency standards set by Congress (which require lightbulbs to be more efficient starting in 2012), a new generation of incandescent lightbulbs has entered the marketplace. These products boast energy savings of 25 percent and a lifespan up to three times longer than their soon-to-be extinct predecessors. “Up to 12 percent of a typical monthly electric bill pays for lighting, so removing energy-wasting bulbs from the market will have a big impact on America’s energy use,” explains […]

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