Todd Blocker named Director of Member Relations


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    Todd Blocker named Director of Member Relations

    NASHVILLE – Todd Blocker is joining the staff of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association as Director of Member Relations. Joe Jackson currently holds the position and has announced plans to retire in January. Since 2006 Blocker has served as the Sales/Marketing Manager at Utility Equipment Service in Spring Hill. Prior to that he served as a Regional Business Manager for the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative in Herndon, Virginia. While with NRTC Blocker served as a liaison to the rural electric and telephone cooperatives in nine southeastern states. Blocker is a native of Maury County, Tennessee, where he currently resides. He […]

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


    We the people, the owners

    by Tom Purkey, Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association I have really enjoyed this year’s “annual meeting tour.” Culminating in October, that’s what I call my statewide journey, which I wrote about in my August column, to attend as many of the 21 autumn cooperative annual meetings (two were held in May) as I can. It’s impossible to get to all the meetings since some are scheduled on the same day. Maybe it’s because this is my last tour (I’ll give details in a later issue of The Tennessee Magazine) that I’m spending more […]

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


    Smart grid, smarter operators

    by David Callis, Vice President of Statewide Services for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association There are several misconceptions on what a “smart grid” is and the extent of its capabilities. One of the most troubling within our industry is the idea that our current grid is not already fairly intelligent in the way it operates. New technologies that are being deployed will greatly enhance the abilities of our current electric distribution network. But our existing network in the Tennessee Valley is reliable, durable and monitored around the clock by both man and machine. In particular, the high-voltage electric transmission system […]

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    TVA board approves October rate increase

    On Thursday, Aug. 18, the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors approved a wholesale rate increase that took effect on Oct. 1. The average cooperative residential member (using 1,000 kilowatt-hours per month) saw a $1.60 increase on monthly electric bills. TVA is raising electric rates to meet the power requirements in the Valley, make nuclear safety modifications following the earthquake in Japan, improve cybersecurity and continue investing in clean-air initiatives and energy efficiency. “These strategic investments are key to providing reliable, low-cost electricity now and into the future while being responsible stewards of Tennessee Valley resources,” said Tom Kilgore, TVA […]

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    Shutterbug contest winners

    Portrait photography can be difficult. More than a mere snapshot of a person you know, an effective portrait provides a window into the subject’s soul, giving viewers a more complete idea – beyond just physical characteristics – of just who that subject is. As with all of our Shutterbug Photography Contests, judging the entries in our “Portraits” competition was difficult, and there was no shortage of interesting, inspiring and downright entertaining entries – more than 1,100 were submitted. The judges thoroughly enjoyed “meeting” your parents, grandparents, children, friends, significant others and even pets and learning so much about these subjects […]

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    Download the October template. TVA board approves October rate increase On Monday, Aug. 8, the Tennessee Valley Authority board met in Knoxville. During this meeting, directors approved a $12 billion budget that includes the completion of the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant in Alabama and a $234 million wholesale rate increase. To the average [Cooperative Name] residential member (using 1,500 kilowatt-hours per month), this will result in an average increase of $1.60 to the monthly electric bills. Wholesale power is the largest expense for [Cooperative Name]. In 2010, we paid TVA more than [wholesale power cost for energy]. On average, [percentage] percent […]

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    Commitment to Community

    Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative recently made a $3,000 contribution to the Hickman County Economic Development Association. The association coordinates efforts between utilities, government and other organizations to create jobs, recruit investment and implement other economic and community development strategies. “One of our core values is commitment to community,” says MLEC President and CEO Hal Womble. “Supporting organizations such as these is one way we can put that commitment into action and enhance local vitality and growth for the members we serve.” “When we can help with the creation and retention of jobs and community improvements, it fosters an improved economic […]

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    Copper Theft

    The price of copper has skyrocketed in recent years. Scrap copper is selling for five times the amount it went for just 10 years ago. Electric cooperatives in Tennessee use large quantities of copper and have been particularly hard hit by thieves. Cooper theft can severely damage a cooperative’s electric system and poses a serious safety threat for thieves as well as electric cooperative members and employees. “The value of a few hundred dollars of scrap copper wire is certainly not worth someone losing their life,” said Duck River Electric Membership Corporation Safety Coordinator, Troy Crowell. Recently, the DREMC service […]

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