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    Move Over

    On July 1, Electric and other utility workers will be protected by Tennessee’s Move Over law NASHVILLE – The next time you see an electric utility vehicle working on the side of the road, slow down and give it room. The workers will appreciate your courtesy, and a new Tennessee law requires it. Legislation signed by Gov. Bill Haslam on April 5 expands Tennessee’s Move Over law to include electric and other utility vehicles. Police, fire and highway construction vehicles were already covered before the law’s expansion. Effective July 1, motorists approaching a utility vehicle with flashing lights are required […]

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    Full LIHEAP Funding Urged

    By Michael W. Kahn | ECT Staff Writer With temperatures in the nation’s capital topping 90 degrees for the 16th consecutive day, advocates fanned out seeking congressional support for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. LIHEAP advocates fanned out across Capitol Hill urging lawmakers to fully fund the program. (Photo By: Michael W. Kahn) “A lot of at-risk people across the nation are counting on us,” said Tom Stovall, chairman of the board of directors of the National Fuel Fund Network, of which NRECA is a member. Stovall spoke to more than five dozen participants in the network’s LIHEAP […]

  • David Callis serves as Vice President of Statewide Services for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association

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    In the eyes of the beholder

    by David Callis, Vice President of Statewide Services for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association For most of us, nothing is more beautiful than a towering mountain vista, a scenic green valley or uninterrupted acres of farmland. As we drive across our state, it’s easy to let our minds wander as we admire nature’s handiwork. For others, however, what constitutes beauty is decidedly different. If you ever take a ride with an engineer or lineman from an electric cooperative, you’ll discover that fact. Often, they are more apt to admire the wires, poles and substations as these are the major elements […]

  • Tom Purkey serves as Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association.

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    It’s annual meeting time across Tennessee

    by Tom Purkey, Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association I always look forward to the late summer and early fall months. Personally, as a big football fan, I get excited in August when the pads start popping, high school and college athletes begin fall practice and professional teams play their final exhibition tune-ups. The next three months are also full of rewarding moments in my work at the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. I have the pleasure of visiting with electric cooperative members all across Tennessee as they come together to attend their respective cooperative […]

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    Facts About Mercury in CFLs

    Ads and packaging materials for compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) proclaim that they use much less energy and last much longer than standard incandescent bulbs. However, if you read the fine print on the packaging or find the notice on the base of each bulb, you’ll see that it contains mercury. While that may raise an alarm in your mind, there’s no need to worry. The amount of mercury inside the glass tubes of an average CFL is miniscule—about the equivalent of the tip of a ballpoint pen―and it’s especially small when compared to other items you may have around your […]

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    Reinventing the Incandescent Lightbulb

    By Magen Howard For the first time in more than 100 years, the basic incandescent lightbulb is getting a facelift. To accommodate new energy efficiency standards set by Congress (which require lightbulbs to be more efficient starting in 2012), a new generation of incandescent lightbulbs has entered the marketplace. These products boast energy savings of 25 percent and a lifespan up to three times longer than their soon-to-be extinct predecessors. “Up to 12 percent of a typical monthly electric bill pays for lighting, so removing energy-wasting bulbs from the market will have a big impact on America’s energy use,” explains […]

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    Insulating Your Attic: More is Better

    Is there enough insulation in your attic? By adding insulation, you can improve your home’s energy efficiency and save money. Here’s a tip from the electric cooperatives of Tennessee that can help reduce your energy consumption—and your electric bills. With adequate attic insulation, your home’s heating/cooling system will operate more efficiently. It will keep you cooler in the summer and warmer in winter—and it will keep more money in your wallet. As TogetherWeSave.com has shown, adding insulation to your attic can save you $240 a year. Older homes tend to have less attic insulation than newer ones. An energy audit […]

  • David Callis serves as Vice President of Statewide Services for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association

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    Narrow focus urged on cyber measure

    by David Callis, Vice President of Statewide Services for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association The electric power industry and the bulk power system reliability watchdog are capable of responding to “the overwhelming majority of identified threats” to the system, a National Rural Electric Cooperative Association representative testified on Capitol Hill. The self-regulatory model recognizes expertise throughout the industry and is the best means of maintaining a strong, reliable bulk power system, said Barry Lawson, NRECA associate director for power delivery and reliability. Lawson spoke at a May 31 hearing by the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power examining draft legislation […]

  • Tom Purkey serves as Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association.

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    Nature’s choice

    by Tom Purkey, Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association If you live in West Tennessee, you probably didn’t experience it this year. And if you live in East Tennessee, you may not have experienced it either. But the folks in Middle Tennessee sure got an earful of it this spring. It was irritable but quite interesting. It made you want to stay in your car or your house, but it was one of nature’s spectacular events. If you were like me, you might have even occasionally cracked your car window just to hear the […]

  • David Callis serves as Vice President of Statewide Services for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association

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    Move Over for Utility Workers in Tennessee

    by David Callis, Vice President of Statewide Services for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association Some jobs are inherently more dangerous than others. Sitting at a desk is generally less dangerous than being a fireman or police officer, for example. One such extremely highrisk profession is that of electric utility lineworkers. Picture an office space that routinely involves working with electric lines placed high above the ground — often those lines have high voltage running through them. To avoid injury or death, you’ve got to pay full attention to the work at hand. A few months ago, the host of Discovery […]

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