There is a Cooperative Difference

While all electric utilities offer the same product, where it comes from makes a difference. In the U.S., the vast majority of people receive their electricity from one of three types of utilities; investor-owned, municipal-owned or through…

Why electric co-ops replace utility poles

You probably don’t pay much attention to the utility poles in your neighborhood, but did you know these tall structures are the backbone of Tennessee's distribution network? Strong, sturdy utility poles ensure a reliable electric system,…

Three keys to understanding the EPA plan on climate change

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The U.S. is in the process of taking a giant step in the noisy process of changing how we generate and use electricity now that the Environmental Protection Agency has released the final version of its Clean Power Plan. That contentious process…

Why co-ops plan outages

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Have you ever received a notification from the folks here at your local electric cooperative informing you of a “planned outage?” You may have wondered, “what is a planned outage?” and “why does my electric utility need to perform…

Appalachian EC announces community solar project

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Appalachian Electric Cooperative is proud to be leading the effort to help folks take advantage of the benefits of solar power and join with others who are supporters of clean, renewable energy. Community-based solar power is an idea whose…

America rediscovers the cooperative difference

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Your alarm goes off and you get out of bed. You go outside and grab the morning paper. You sit down at the kitchen table to read your paper while enjoying a glass of juice and some toast. After breakfast you head down to the local hardware store…

Tennessee's electric cooperatives celebrate National Co-op Month

October is National Cooperative Month, and Tennessee's electric cooperatives – and all co-ops across the U.S. – are celebrating the benefits and values that cooperatives bring to their members and communities. While co-ops operate in many…

Tennessee's electric cooperatives celebrate National Co-op Month

October is National Cooperative Month, and Tennessee's electric cooperatives – and all co-ops across the U.S. – are celebrating the benefits and values that cooperatives bring to their members and communities. While co-ops operate in many…

A cooperative day in YOUR life

Co-ops are all around us. By Adam Schwartz So how did you spend your day? Chances are cooperatives were a big part of it from dawn until bedtime. Take a moment to read this quick overview of how co-ops might be impacting you every day. Your…

Don’t fall victim to energy scams

By T.J. Kirk Across the U.S., cases of fraud and identity theft are at all-time highs. In 2014 alone, there were over 40,000 cases of phone- or utilities-related fraud, or 118 cases every day. Energy scams are becoming more sophisticated and…