June 2018 Commkit

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June 2018 Leadership Column



While they are still fairly unusual here, electric vehicles are rapidly growing in popularity.

Sales of electric vehicles jumped by 40 percent in 2017, and there are more electric vehicles on the road today than ever before. Early electric vehicles had a very distinct appearance, but modern electric vehicles look much like traditional cars.

It is entirely possible that you could sit at a traffic light and not know what powers the vehicles around you.

The same could be said of the homes along your street.

[CO-OP NAME] purchases the energy that we deliver to your home or business from the Tennessee Valley Authority, and that’s a lot of power. Last year we purchased more than [XXXXX] billion kilowatt hours of energy from TVA – more than $[XXX] million worth.

The original mission of TVA was to improve flood control and navigation along the Tennessee River system. In the 1930s and 40s, the dams constructed by TVA revitalized the region and provided the first reliable and affordable energy to the area. Because of the impact that TVA’s hydroelectric dams had on our state, some believe that most of our power still comes from TVA dams. The reality is far more complex.

TVA maintains 73 generation sites that utilize several technologies and fuel sources to generate the power we depend on. Today, 40 percent of the energy they generate comes from nuclear, 26 percent coal, 20 percent gas, 10 percent hydro, 3 percent wind and solar and 1 percent from other sources.

Significant investments have been made in recent years to move away from traditional coal-based energy toward cleaner forms of power generation. Today the power you receive is 54 percent carbon-free. This is quite a change from just a decade ago, and TVA plans to reduce carbon generation even further.

[OPTIONAL] [CO-OP NAME] has also made significant investments in clean energy. [DESCRIBE EXISTING OR PLANNED COMMUNITY SOLAR PROJECT].

The next time you flip a switch or plug in a device, the energy you use could be coming from one of a number of sources, or most likely, a combination of generation plants using various fuel sources. Weather, demand, price and regulations are just some of the factors that determine what resources are used at any given time.

One day, you may decide to bring home an electric vehicle of your own. If someone asks you “Gas or diesel?” you can reply, “Nope. This baby is nuclear, coal, gas, hydro, wind and solar.”






May 2018 Commkit

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Safety Tips media release

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April 2018 Commkit

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Dig safely this spring

Spring is finally here! With the snow melted and the ground ready for planting, eager homeowners like you are gearing up to start those outdoor digging projects. Before you reach for that shovel to start digging, remember to call 811, the Tennessee’s call-before-you-dig number, to ensure that your buried utility lines are marked.

April is National Safe Digging Month, and [CO-OP NAME] wants to remind our members that a complex network of pipelines, wires and cables lies just underground. Striking an underground utility line while digging can cause harm to you or those around you, disrupt service to an entire neighborhood and potentially result in fines and repair costs.

A call should be placed to 811 before every digging project, from simple landscaping projects like planting trees or shrubs, to building a deck or installing a rural mailbox. Every nine minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811. Don’t become part of the statistic – make sure to call 811!

Here’s how it works:

  • One free, simple phone call to 811 makes it easy for Tennessee 811 to notify all appropriate utility companies of your intent to dig.
  • Call at least a few days prior to digging to ensure enough time for utility lines to be properly marked.
  • When you call 811, a representative from Tennessee 811 will ask for the location and description of your digging project.
  • Tennessee 811 will notify affected utility companies, like [CO-OP NAME], who will then each send a professional locator to the proposed dig site to mark the approximate location of your lines.
  • Once lines have been properly marked, roll up those sleeves and carefully dig around the marked areas.

Easy steps to greater efficiency

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Planting the seeds of safety

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March 2018 Commkit

The following resources are available for use in March.

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Social Media

Posts for March

  • March 1 – Co-ops have a big impact on Tennessee. #coopsbuildup [Share Build Up video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-0EePVhRcw]
  • March 2 – [Today/March 2] is National Employee Appreciation Day. We appreciate our awesome team that keeps the co-op running smoothly. #coopsbuildup [POST PHOTOS]
  • March 5 – Energy tip: Changing your air filter can save you energy and money.
  • March 7 – It pays to be safe. Visit everydaysafe.org for tops to keep your family safe around power lines.
  • March 9 – Don’t forget to spring forward on March 11. #DST
  • March 12 – Today we are taking young leaders to Nashville for the 2018 Youth Leadership Summit #2018YLS #coopsbuildup [LINK TO ARTICLE ON TNELECTRIC.ORG]
  • March 13 – We are preparing a new generation of rural leaders at #2018YLS this week in Nashville. #coopsbuildup [PHOTO]
  • March 14 – Our #2018YLS students are learning about government and co-ops this week in Nashville. #coopsbuildup [PHOTO]
  • March 15 – Share article from tnmagazine.org. [LINK]
  • March 19 – Check out the incredible winners of the latest #Shutterbug photo contest sponsored by The Tennessee Magazine [LINK TO WINNERS AT TNMAGAZINE.ORG].
  • March 20 – Today is the first day of Spring! What do you enjoy most about the warmer weather?
  • March 21 – Monthly electric bills go up and down based on how much energy you use. Our [LEVELIZED/BUDGET] billing option can take the guess work out of your monthly bill. Sign up today. [LINK OR NUMBER TO CALL]
  • March 23 – Share article from tnmagazine.org. [LINK]
  • March 29 – What’s your eScore? Visit [CO-OP SITE OR 2ESCORE.COM] for information and incentives to make your home more efficient.
  • March 27 – Tennessee law requires motorists to #moveover for utility workers. Learn more at moveovertennessee.org. [LINK TO MOVEOVERTENNESSEE.ORG]
  • March 29 –Today is National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day Day. We want to recognize [insert info about a local “mom and pop” business]! Thanks for making our community brighter! [PHOTO]