Arcadia Power

[CO-OP NAME] has heard from a handful of our members who were contacted by Arcadia Power. We urge members of our co-op to thoroughly research Arcadia Power and fully understand what they offer before signing up.

Arcadia Power claims to be “the utility of the future” and offers to provide “renewable energy” to any home or apartment regardless of your location. It is important to understand that Arcadia Power is not a utility, and they are not actually selling energy. Instead, they are providing Renewable Energy Certificates designed to off-set a portion of your overall energy consumption. This does not replace the energy that flows into your home or create additional sources of renewable energy.

[CO-OP NAME] is aware of the environmental impact of power generation. We are proud that our energy supplier, the Tennessee Valley Authority, has made significant investments in clean generation that will reduce its system carbon dioxide rate by 60 percent by 2020. We support TVA’s ongoing efforts to diversify its power generation mix.

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We also encourage our members to consider TVA’s Green Power Switch program. This program allows Mountain Electric Cooperative members to to purchase renewable energy generated right here in the Tennessee Valley for as little as $4 more on your monthly bill. Learn more about the Green Power Switch program at tva.gov.

[CO-OP NAME] is a consumer-owned, not-for-profit utility, and we are always available to help our members make smart energy decisions. Visit [WEBSITE URL] or call your local office to learn more.

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July CommKit

July 2017

  • Leadership Column – Move over and save lives
  • Media Release – customize this and distribute to local media on or around July 1.
  • Talking points – Use these tips and schedule drive-time interviews for radio stations in your service area.

Social Media

Posts for July

  • July  3 – Independence Day office closed information
  • July 5 – Move over and save lives. Learn more at moveovertennessee.org.
  • July 6 – Protect your skin when outdoors. Follow our Lineman’s Guide to a Sun-Safe Summer [LINK TO http://www.tnelectric.org/2015/06/10/a-sun-safe-summer/]
  • July 11 – Enjoy the great outdoors, but keep safe. Summer electric safety tips for your family. [LINK TO http://www.tnelectric.org/2015/07/01/stay-safe-in-the-great-outdoors-this-summer/]
  • July 13 – Make plans for your provisions! Minimize food loss and reduce risk of illness before a power outage.
  • July 17 – Move over for utility workers in Tennessee. It’s the law. [LINK TO www.moveovertennessee.org]
  • July 19 – Move over to keep utility workers safe. [LINK TO VIDEO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uem13hqAaZE&t=1s]
  • July 21 – LINK TO TENNESSEE MAGAZINE ARTICLE
  • July 25 – Co-op facts: [CO-OP NAME] serves #### meters in parts of ## counties.
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June CommKit

June 2017

  • Media Release – customize this and distribute to local media on or around June 1.
  • Talking points – Use these tips and schedule drive-time interviews for radio stations in your service area.

Social Media

Posts for June

  • June 1 – Link to information on how members can track their energy use [MyUsage.com, SmartHub, etc…]
  • June 2 -We are one week away from Washington Youth Tour #TNWYT [Post image of delegates or photo from last year]
  • June 5 – Link to The Tennessee Magazine article
  • June 7– Co-op fact: [CO-OP NAME] maintains more than ### miles of line
  • June 9 – WYT post [your own or share one of TECA’s]
  • June 12 – WYT post [your own or share one of TECA’s]
  • June 15 – WYT post [your own or share one of TECA’s]
  • June 19 – Energy Vacation: Turn down your water heater temp while away. [Water heater photo]
  • June 21 – Energy Vacation: Turn up the thermostat when you leave for vacation. Your furniture won’t mind [Thermostat photo]
  • June 23 – Energy Vacation: Unplug your electronics before you leave for vacation. Many devices still use power even when turned off. [Cable box or game cons0le photo]

energy vacation press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

[Co-op Name] shares tips to give your home’s energy use a vacation while you are on vacation

[CO-OP HEADQUARTERS CITY] – Going on vacation? Even if you plan to be away just a few days, you can save energy in your home when you travel. Here’s a few tips from [CO-OP NAME] that can give your utility bill a break when you take a break.

Water heater. Turn down the temperature, so it doesn’t keep the water warm while you are away. Or, talk to an energy expert at [YOUR CO-OP NAME HERE] about turning off the water heater.

Thermostat. During hot weather, turn up the thermostat on your air conditioning system. That way, you’ll save energy while ensuring that your home doesn’t get too warm. If you’re away during the winter, lower the temperature on your furnace. The house can be as cool as 50 degrees without the risk of your pipes freezing.

Refrigerator. Depending on food stored in your fridge, you may be able to turn the thermostat as high as 38 degrees without risking spoilage. Storing water-filled bottles in your refrigerator can prevent temperature fluctuations, which will save energy. Food in the freezer compartment will stay frozen if the temperature remains at minus 5 degrees.

Lights. Turn off all lights in your home. You may want to install timers on one or two lights for security.

Electronics. Unless you’re recording something while away, unplug all of your electronic devices—computer, monitor and printer, TV and cable boxes, DVD player, microwave, and digital clocks. Any electronics with digital displays, instant-on features, or remote controls will consume energy even if they’re not in use.

For other tips on how to save energy—and money—visit [www.energysavers.gov OR Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives energy-saving website, www.TogetherWeSave.com,] or call the efficiency experts at [CO-OP NAME AND NUMBER].

[CO-OP NAME] is a consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric utility that serves more than [METER COUNT] meters in [COUNTIES SERVED]. Learn more about [CO-OP NAME] at [URL].

 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

[CO-OP MEDIA CONTACT INFORMATION]

Move Over and Save a Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Move Over and Save a Life

Six years after the Tennessee’s Move Over Law was expanded to
include utility workers, lineman continue to face roadside hazards

 

[HEADQUARTERS CITY] – In 2011, following efforts by Tennessee’s electric cooperatives and municipal utilities, the state’s Move Over law was revised to not only include police, firefighters and other first responders, but utility workers as well. Unfortunately, motorists do not always heed the law.

[CO-OP LINEMAN QUOTE – DESCRIBE A CLOSE CALL OR USE THIS SAMPLE] “We have to concentrate on the dangers on the pole and on the ground. We have had cars come through way too fast, hitting the cones we have set up and clipping the outriggers that we have down to support the trucks,” says [LINEMAN NAME, TITLE]. “We see lots of people looking at their phones and not paying attention like they should.”

The requirements of the law are simple. On a four lane road, if safety and traffic conditions allow, a driver approaching a utility vehicle with flashing lights should move into the far lane. On a two lane road or when changing lanes is not possible, a driver should reduce their speed.

Electric co-op vehicles aren’t the only utility vehicles covered; service vehicles used by municipal electric systems, telephone companies and utility districts are also protected by the law.

“July marks the 6th anniversary of the expansion of the law, but most motorists are still not aware of it,” says [CO-OP CEO NAME, TITLE, CO-OP]. “Our lineman perform an important job for our community. Changing lanes or slowing down to give them a little space is a simple courtesy that could save a life.”

More information about the law is available at moveovertennessee.org.

[CO-OP NAME] is a consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric utility that serves more than [METER COUNT] meters in [COUNTIES SERVED]. Learn more about [CO-OP NAME] at [URL].

 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

[CO-OP MEDIA CONTACT INFORMATION]

 

Move Over talking points

TALKING POINTS

Move over for utility workers

 

In 2011 the state’s Move Over law was revised to not only include police, firefighters and other first responders, but utility workers as well.

  • Lineworkers have a dangerous job. They often work high above the ground near energized lines. Their work demands their full concentration. Distractions can be terribly dangerous.
  • Motorists pose a significant threat to utility workers. Each year we hear stories of linemen who are injured or even killed as a result of being struck by cars. We routinely see drivers passing through work zones at high rates of speed, often distracted by phones and other devices.
  • The Move Over Law requires motorists to slow down and move over when possible. On a four lane road, if safety and traffic conditions allow, a driver approaching a utility vehicle with flashing lights should move into the far lane. On a two lane road or when changing lanes is not possible, a driver should reduce their speed.

[CO-OP NAME]’s lineworkers do an important job for our community. Each day they get up, put on their boots, and go make sure the lights come on. Help us keep them safe.

Visit moveovertennesee.org to learn more.

Governance talking points

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Co-op leaders visit D.C. lawmakers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Co-op leaders visit D.C. lawmakers

[CO-OP HEADQUARTERS CITY] – Leaders from [CO-OP NAME] visited with U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and [REP. CONGRESSMAN NAME OR REPS. NAME AND NAME] in Washington, D.C., during the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Legislative Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 25 and 26. Joining more than 65 co-op members from across the state, co-op representatives discussed energy supply, rural infrastructure, broadband, tax policy and other important issues with Tennessee’s congressional delegation.

“The decisions made in Washington, D.C., often have a direct impact on our co-op and our members,” says [CO-OP DIRECTOR NAME], a director with [CO-OP NAME]. “Infrastructure and energy are critical to our rural and suburban communities, and it is important to ensure that legislators understand our issues.”

Energy Secretary Rick Perry addressed a group of more than 2,100 co-op leaders from across the country attending the conference. Perry hailed electric cooperatives for delivering affordable, reliable electricity to rural America and encouraged them to advocate on their challenges, especially grid security. “We have the greatest electric grid in the world,” Perry said, “and we need to keep it that way.”

“From energy and economic development to broadband and rural commerce, co-ops have a significant impact on Tennessee’s rural communities,” says David Callis, executive vice president of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. “The decisions made in D.C. matter, and it is important for co-ops to be engaged. I appreciate the co-op leaders from across the state who joined us on Capitol Hill to tell the co-op story.”

[LOCAL CO-OP BOILERPLATE]

The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association provides leadership, advocacy and support for Tennessee’s 23 electric cooperatives and publishes The Tennessee Magazine, the state’s most widely circulated periodical. Visit tnelectric.org or tnmagazine.org to learn more.

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Contact:

[LOCAL CO-OP CONTACT INFO]

Trent Scott | Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association
tscott@tnelectric.org | 731.608.1519

Haslam signs broadband legislation

EMBARGOED UNTIL BILL SIGNATURE

Co-ops respond to Gov. Haslam’s signature
on Broadband Accessibility Act Passes

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today signed the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act. The bill creates grant funding and limits regulations to allow state’s private, member-owned electric cooperatives to provide high-speed internet service to co-op members. David Callis, executive vice president and general manager of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association made the following statement.

“Access to high-speed internet is critical to Tennessee’s rural communities, and we appreciate the faith that Gov. Haslam and the General Assembly have placed in the electric co-ops. Gov. Haslam’s signature today means that our work is just beginning. Co-ops have an obligation to our consumer-owners to proceed with caution, but we are excited about the opportunities created by the Broadband Accessibility Act.”

The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association provides leadership, advocacy and support for Tennessee’s 23 electric cooperatives and publishes The Tennessee Magazine, the state’s most widely circulated periodical. Visit tnelectric.org or tnmagazine.org to learn more.

 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

Trent Scott | Vice President of Strategy | 615.515.5534 | tscott@tnelectric.org