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  • David Callis serves as Vice President of Statewide Services for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association

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    Callis Appointed General Manager

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association, an organization representing the interests of Tennessee’s 23 electric distribution cooperatives and the 1.1 million consumers they serve, announces the appointment of David Callis as executive vice president and general manager. Callis replaces Tom Purkey who recently announced his retirement. Callis began his career with the Tennessee Valley Authority as an accountant and then as supervisor of power revenue. He then worked at Tri-County Electric Membership Corporation for almost nine years, serving first as director of finance and administration and then as general manager. In 2001 he joined the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association […]

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    Space Heater Safety

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee residents are experiencing the first real taste of winter this week, and Tennessee’s electric cooperatives remind homeowners that space heaters can be dangerous when not used properly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, half of all home-heating fires occur in December, January and February, and heating equipment fires account for 18 percent of all reported home fires and 22 percent of home fire deaths. Here are a few tips to remember when using space heaters: Be certain that space heaters at least 3 feet away from curtains, furniture and other household items. Select a heater that […]

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    Hill Blocks Funds for Bulb Standards

    By Todd H. Cunningham | ECT Staff Writer Congress has hit the “off” switch, at least temporarily, on the enforcement of light bulb efficiency standards that opponents characterized as an effective ban on traditional incandescent models. Enforcement of the standards, which would hike efficiency requirements by 30 percent, effective Jan. 1, was blocked by a provision inserted into an omnibus spending bill that will keep the federal government funded through the remainder of fiscal 2012. The provision bars the Department of Energy from spending funds to implement or enforce the light bulb standards, enacted in 2007, through Sept. 30. Congress […]

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    Milestone Reached at Solar Farm

    Chickasaw Electric Cooperative ready to receive power from West Tennessee Solar Farm ahead of schedule SOMERVILLE, TN – Chickasaw Electric Cooperative is pleased to announce the completion of system improvements between the cooperative’s Dancyville substation and the West Tennessee Solar Farm in Haywood County. The upgraded line was energized on Wednesday morning, Dec. 14, and the cooperative is ready to receive power from the 4.5 MW solar farm. The completion comes 11 weeks ahead of schedule. Energy produced by the West Tennessee Solar Farm will travel across nine miles of distribution line to Chickasaw Electric Cooperative’s Dancyville substation where TVA […]

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    Invite Safety Home for the Holidays

    With tips from the electric cooperatives of Tennessee and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) The winter holiday season is traditionally a festive and eventful time of year, filled with celebrations, family gatherings, and visits from houseguests.  In fact, results from a national survey conducted by ESFI indicate that nearly sixty percent of Americans typically host guests in their homes during the holidays. It’s easy to get caught up in the hectic pace of holiday entertaining – cookies to bake, decorations to hang, presents to wrap – but ESFI and the electric cooperatives of Tennessee urge you not to overlook […]

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    2011 Annual Meeting

    The  70th annual meeting of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association was held Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 21 and 22, at the Nashville Airport Marriott. President Joe Thacker called the meeting to order. Shana Purkey, daughter-in-law of TECA General Manager Tom Purkey, performed the “Star Spangled Banner” and “God Bless the USA.” Captain Scott O’Grady, a pilot shot down behind enemy lines in Bosnia in 1995, presented his program, “Return with Honor.” Following the keynote address, all voting delegates moved to the reserved area at the front of the meeting room, and the business session of the meeting was held with […]

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    Charging Stations at TECA

    Visitors to the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association in Nashville can now charge their electric vehicles thanks to new charging stations. The two chargers are located in the parking lot on the east side of TECA’s building on Spence Lane. Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation and Murfreesboro Electric Department donated the units. “We are excited to have these charging stations at our facility,” said David Callis, TECA vice president of statewide services. “This will help us gain more knowledge about electric vehicle technology and allow our members who have electric vehicles to charge them during meetings.” “With our Volt and its […]

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    Deadline Approaching for Appliance Rebate Program

    Deadline for First-Come, First-Served Rebates is Jan. 14, 2012 The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s Energy Division reminds Tennesseans that there is still more than $1 million remaining for energy efficient appliance rebates for consumers who have upgraded to a qualifying Energy Star® appliance since April 22, 2010. As of Oct. 30, 2011, ECD’s Energy Division reports that 17,491 rebates, totaling $4,131,760, have been paid to Tennesseans through the program. Tennessee consumers can still purchase and install eligible Energy Star Appliances to replace less efficient models and receive a rebate debit card on a first-come, first-served basis until […]

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    TVA Provides $530 Million in Tax Equivalent Payments in 2011

    The Tennessee Valley Authority paid $529,634,769 in tax equivalent payments in fiscal year 2011 to states and local governments where it sells electricity or has power properties. TVA provides tax equivalent payments annually in the eight states where TVA sells electricity or owns generating plants, transmission lines, substations and other assets, and directly to 144 local governments where TVA has acquired existing power facilities. “As part of TVA’s service-based mission outlined in the TVA Act of 1933, these payments provide revenues that help spur economic development and support stronger communities in our service area,” said TVA President and CEO Tom […]

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    Todd Blocker named Director of Member Relations

    NASHVILLE – Todd Blocker is joining the staff of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association as Director of Member Relations. Joe Jackson currently holds the position and has announced plans to retire in January. Since 2006 Blocker has served as the Sales/Marketing Manager at Utility Equipment Service in Spring Hill. Prior to that he served as a Regional Business Manager for the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative in Herndon, Virginia. While with NRTC Blocker served as a liaison to the rural electric and telephone cooperatives in nine southeastern states. Blocker is a native of Maury County, Tennessee, where he currently resides. He […]

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