The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association and the electric cooperatives of Tennessee work closely with our national organization, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, to effectively advocate for policy that promotes and encourages the cooperative business model. Along with our other partners in the electric utility industry, TECA maintains a strong voice in Washington, D.C.
As Congress and the administration debate federal climate and energy policy, the nation’s demand for electric power will continue to grow and will require additional investments from electric distribution systems. Tennessee’s electric cooperatives support realistic energy policies that protect our ability to provide reliable, affordable electric power.
Cooperatives nationwide employ more than 70,000 workers. Electric cooperatives are committed to protecting their safety and long-term well-being.
Electric cooperatives differ significantly from other electric utilities in ownership structure and purpose. As private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned businesses, co-ops bring a consumer-oriented perspective on legislation and regulation affecting the wholesale energy market and other aspects of the electric industry.
Electric cooperatives advocate common sense public policies on air quality, water and land resources that balance environmental stewardship with our need for energy to power the nation’s economy.
Electric cooperatives use a wide range of fuels to generate electric power. This diversity — including the “fifth fuel,” energy efficiency — helps maintain a reliable and affordable electric supply for member-consumers by ensuring that regionally plentiful resources can be utilized, reducing costs and keeping rates low.