Copper Theft


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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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    TVA Rate Change Resources

    TECA has developed the following news story for member systems to customize and use. On Aug. 8, the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors approved a wholesale rate increase that will take effect on Oct. 1.  The average Cooperative Name residential member (1500kWh/month) will see a $1.60 increase on their monthly electric bill. TVA is raising electric rates to meet the power requirements in the Valley, make nuclear safety modifications following the earthquake in Japan, improve cyber-security 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 […]

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


    The people are the co-op

    by Tom Purkey, Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association I’m no psychologist, but I know that it’s important in this world of ups and downs to find the positive things in your life and focus on them rather than allowing the negative issues to control your thoughts. In our business of providing safe, reliable and affordable electric service to rural electric cooperative members, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the many complex issues facing the energy industry: How do we reduce carbon dioxide emissions into our atmosphere? Is it feasible to collect these emissions […]

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


    We can’t prevent, so we prepare

    by David Callis, Vice President of Statewide Services for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association I’ve mentioned before that cooperative employees take pride in their daily work of providing service to our members. They also take great pride in providing emergency assistance — in their hometowns or several states away. The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association helps our member co-ops coordinate disaster assistance both within the state and with cooperatives in other states. We regularly meet with representatives from other regions to develop plans on coping with disasters. We recently held a meeting where we reviewed the past year’s ice storms, tornadoes […]

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    TVA buys Magnolia gas plant

    by Pam Sohn, Chattanooga Times Free Press TVA finalized its purchase of the Magnolia Combined Cycle Gas Plant in northern Mississippi on Wednesday, paying $436 million for what will be the utility’s biggest gas-fired power plant. “At less than half the cost of new construction, the fully permitted Magnolia plant will be a cost-effective addition to the TVA system,” Bob Irvin, senior vice president for TVA Strategy & Planning, said in announcing the purchase. Combined-cycle gas plants generate electricity from gas turbines as well as from one or more generators powered by steam heated by the turbines’ exhaust. The three-unit […]

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    Tennessee Co-ops Respond to Irene

    More than 115 volunteers from electric cooperatives in Tennessee are helping to restore electric service in North Carolina and Virginia following Hurricane Irene. This cooperation is enabled through mutual aid agreements between electric cooperatives.  A pre-storm conference call was held to work out details in advance of the storm. Many Tennessee crews were in place and ready to begin working just hours after the storm had passed. “The cooperatives where Tennessee crews are working have experienced severe damage,” says David Callis, vice president of statewide services for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. “Without the assistance of other cooperatives, the recovery […]

  • Barns of Tennessee features photos submitted by readers of The Tennessee Magazine


    Barns of Tennessee

    Barns of Tennessee is a beautiful 152 page book that features photos submitted by readers of The Tennessee Magazine. Whether built of stone, log, brick or metal, barns have long been the heart and soul of Tennessee farms. With this collection of photographs comes many heartfelt stories from Tennesseans about their ancestors, families, and barns. In Barns of Tennessee, authors Caneta Skelley Hankins and Michael Thomas Gavin explore various types of building methods and architectural types, comparing and contrasting their similarities and differences. They examine the relationship of barns to their traditional agricultural uses as shelters for animals, storage for […]

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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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