August 2013

News

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    Chickasaw EC recognized as solar leader

    Somerville, Tenn.—A renewable energy survey recognizes the customers of Chickasaw Electric Cooperative as one of the top consumers of solar-generated power in the nation. According the report from the Solar Electric Power Association, CEC generates an average of 216.7 watts of solar energy per customer, the fifth most of any utility in the nation. This is the first time Chickasaw EC has ranked on the survey. The recognition follows the installation of the West Tennessee Solar Farm in early 2012, which generates 5 megawatts of solar power brought onto the TVA power grid through Chickasaw EC. The West Tennessee Solar […]

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    Touchstone Energy Balloon Team comes to Tennessee

    The 37th Annual Chapel Hill Lions Club Super Pull of the South has held on Friday and Saturday night, Aug. 19 and 20, drawing some of the biggest crowds in the history of the event. The weather was beautiful both nights and the track was in perfect shape as pullers came from all over the country to take part in one of the premier events of the National Tractor Pull Association (NTPA) circuit. Touchstone Energy Cooperatives were a proud sponsor of the event, and the balloon team was on site for tethered rides both nights. A few lucky co-op staffers […]

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    PEC to interconnect massive solar farm

    SELMER, Tenn. — Strata Solar is working with the Tennessee Valley Authority and Pickwick Electric Cooperative to develop the two largest solar energy installations in the Tennessee Valley near Selmer in McNairy County, Tenn. Strata Solar will build and maintain two 20-megawatt solar farms interconnected to the TVA power system through Pickwick Electric Cooperative. TVA will buy the electricity at market rates under TVA’s Renewable Standard Offer program. Together, the two installations could generate enough electricity in one year to power 4,000 average homes in the Tennessee Valley. “This project will add a tremendous amount of solar power to our […]

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    August employee updates

    Each month we share news and updates, promotions and retirements that we receive from our co-ops. Below are updates from August. Sequachee Valley EC Sequachee Valley EC’s “Watts Up” Relay for Life team raised more than $11,000 during the Marion County Relay for Life. The SVEC team is consistently one of the top teams for the most money raised in Marion County and last year was the #2 non-corporate team in the entire Chattanooga area. Team members were Cathie Brown, Cheryl Higgins, Chris Cooper, Tiffany Burns, Joan Davis, Bryan Melton, Vickie Paris, Jane Middleton, Lisa Holtcamp, Beth Duggar and Shelby […]

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    TECA purchases new facility in Nashville

    The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association announces its purchase of a 14,125-square-foot office building located at 2964 Sidco Drive in the 100 Oaks area of Nashville. TECA purchased the building from Knestrick Construction, which will continue to operate out of the building as a tenant. The association will occupy  approximately 10,000 square feet of space in the recently renovated facility. TECA is in the process of selling its current building on Spence Lane where it has operated for more than 50 years. “We are excited about the new location,” says David Callis, executive vice president and general manager of TECA.  “The […]

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    Freedom to choose

    Choices. Not quite as American as apple pie, but pretty close. Given the foundations and the relative wealth of our nation, we’re accustomed to having lots of choices in just about everything we do. We like to have choices, whether it’s selecting a movie to watch, buying a car, or deciding on chocolate, vanilla, strawberry or one of the 28 other flavors. Other choices are more complex and have long-lasting consequences. One of our most complicated choices involves producing enough energy and getting that energy into your home. This continuous process involves thousands of co-op member- owners and employees across […]

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    2013 Washington Youth Tour

    More than 140 high school juniors from across Tennessee experienced an in-depth look at our nation’s capital during the 2013 Rural Electric Youth Tour. Students from across the state were rewarded with a weeklong tour of Washington, D.C., for writing winning short stories titled “Electric Cooperatives: Powering Your Communities” describing how locally owned, member-controlled electric cooperatives provide valuable community-building support in addition to reliable and affordable electric service. The Washington Youth Tour is a joint effort of Tennessee’s local electric cooperatives, the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Each school year, cooperatives sponsor a short story […]

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