Entries by Trent Scott

Efficiency tips for outdoor shops and barns

There are many benefits to having an energy efficient outdoor shop or barn. Aside from saving energy, an efficient outdoor building can keep the environment around your structure healthy and safe; save money on your water bill; keep your animals happier and healthier; and save you from costly structural repairs. Whether you are looking to […]

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Electric safety tips

May is National Electric Safety Month, and Tennessee’s electric cooperatives are using the opportunity to remind everyone to be safe around electricity. “Electricity provides the benefits and conveniences that make modern life possible,” says Trent Scott, vice president of corporate strategy for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. “What you don’t know or choose to ignore […]

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Taking co-op message to D.C. lawmakers

Sixty-five Tennesseans joined 2,100 co-op leaders from across the country in Washington, D.C. for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Legislative Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 25 and 26. Co-op directors, managers and senior staff visited with Tennessee’s congressional delegation to discuss energy supply, rural infrastructure, broadband, tax policy and other issues important to […]

Co-op leaders visit D.C. lawmakers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Co-op leaders visit D.C. lawmakers [CO-OP HEADQUARTERS CITY] – Leaders from [CO-OP NAME] visited with U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and [REP. CONGRESSMAN NAME OR REPS. NAME AND NAME] in Washington, D.C., during the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Legislative Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 25 and 26. Joining […]

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Gov. Haslam signs broadband bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today signed the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act, creating grant funding and removing legal restrictions to allow the state’s private, member-owned electric cooperatives to provide high-speed internet service to co-op members. David Callis, executive vice president and general manager of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association, made the […]

Haslam signs broadband legislation

EMBARGOED UNTIL BILL SIGNATURE Co-ops respond to Gov. Haslam’s signature on Broadband Accessibility Act Passes NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today signed the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act. The bill creates grant funding and limits regulations to allow state’s private, member-owned electric cooperatives to provide high-speed internet service to co-op members. David Callis, executive vice […]

Broadband Accessibility Act Passes Tennessee General Assembly

EMBARGOED UNTIL HOUSE VOTE Broadband Accessibility Act Passes Tennessee General Assembly NASHVILLE – The Tennessee House of Representatives tonight passed the Broadband Accessibility Act (H.B. 0529) on [a X to X/unanimous vote]. The legislation now moves to Gov. Bill Haslam for his signature. “Access to high-speed internet has the potential to shape the future of […]

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Broadband Accessibility Act passes Senate

NASHVILLE – Today the Tennessee Senate passed the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act by a vote of 31-0. There was no significant debate, however there were a number of clarifying questions that were asked by Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris, D-Memphis. In answering those questions, Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville once again presented an excellent defense of […]