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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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    Insulating Your Attic: More is Better

    Is there enough insulation in your attic? By adding insulation, you can improve your home’s energy efficiency and save money. Here’s a tip from the electric cooperatives of Tennessee that can help reduce your energy consumption—and your electric bills. With adequate attic insulation, your home’s heating/cooling system will operate more efficiently. It will keep you cooler in the summer and warmer in winter—and it will keep more money in your wallet. As TogetherWeSave.com has shown, adding insulation to your attic can save you $240 a year. Older homes tend to have less attic insulation than newer ones. An energy audit […]

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    Nature’s choice

    by Tom Purkey, Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association If you live in West Tennessee, you probably didn’t experience it this year. And if you live in East Tennessee, you may not have experienced it either. But the folks in Middle Tennessee sure got an earful of it this spring. It was irritable but quite interesting. It made you want to stay in your car or your house, but it was one of nature’s spectacular events. If you were like me, you might have even occasionally cracked your car window just to hear the […]

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    New faces, old challenges

    by Tom Purkey, Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association In early May, I joined in Washington, D. C., more than 2,000 electric cooperative leaders from across the country to deliver messages to Congress about the issues that are important to our electric consumers. While this is an annual event, it was especially important to visit our representatives this year, considering the numerous newly elected members in Congress. Spending and debt are dominating the attention of Congress. Legislators are focusing on how to deal with mounting federal deficits and a national debt that is at […]

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