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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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    TVA board approves October rate increase

    On Thursday, Aug. 18, the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors approved a wholesale rate increase that took effect on Oct. 1. The average cooperative residential member (using 1,000 kilowatt-hours per month) saw a $1.60 increase on monthly electric bills. TVA is raising electric rates to meet the power requirements in the Valley, make nuclear safety modifications following the earthquake in Japan, improve cybersecurity 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 future while being responsible stewards of Tennessee Valley resources,” said Tom Kilgore, TVA […]

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    Shutterbug contest winners

    Portrait photography can be difficult. More than a mere snapshot of a person you know, an effective portrait provides a window into the subject’s soul, giving viewers a more complete idea – beyond just physical characteristics – of just who that subject is. As with all of our Shutterbug Photography Contests, judging the entries in our “Portraits” competition was difficult, and there was no shortage of interesting, inspiring and downright entertaining entries – more than 1,100 were submitted. The judges thoroughly enjoyed “meeting” your parents, grandparents, children, friends, significant others and even pets and learning so much about these subjects […]

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    Commitment to Community

    Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative recently made a $3,000 contribution to the Hickman County Economic Development Association. The association coordinates efforts between utilities, government and other organizations to create jobs, recruit investment and implement other economic and community development strategies. “One of our core values is commitment to community,” says MLEC President and CEO Hal Womble. “Supporting organizations such as these is one way we can put that commitment into action and enhance local vitality and growth for the members we serve.” “When we can help with the creation and retention of jobs and community improvements, it fosters an improved economic […]

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