Tennessee co-ops send volunteers to Virginia

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    Tennessee co-ops send volunteers to Virginia

    NASHVILLE – Working jointly with other statewide electric cooperative organizations, Tennessee’s electric cooperatives are sending crews to Virginia to help restore electric service to those affected by severe storms on Friday and Saturday, June 29 and 30. “Six Tennessee cooperatives are sending volunteer lineworkers and equipment to assist cooperatives in Virginia,” said David Callis, executive vice president and general manager for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. “With record-setting heat in the area, it is critical that power be restored as soon as possible. Like residents in the affected areas, our lineworkers face some very long and very hot days ahead […]

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

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    Built to Last

    by David Callis, Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association Management gurus James Collins and Jerry Porras penned a book in the mid-1990s titled “Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies.” The book, based on a six-year research project at Stanford University, examined 18 long-lasting companies. In the foreword the authors write, “… visionary companies distinguish their timeless core values and enduring purpose (which should never change) from their operating practices and business strategies (which should be changing constantly in response to a changing world).” Tennessee’s electric cooperatives aren’t quite as well known as […]

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

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    Co-ops – Contributing to your community

    by David Callis, Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association As we continue to celebrate the International Year of Cooperatives, we like to showcase other ways that cooperatives benefit your local community — not by delivering a product or a service but by delivering on a commitment. If we’re shopping, we tend to look for the best value for our money. It’s easy to think of a cooperative as a place where we shop or receive a service: seeds, fertilizer or electricity. But cooperatives don’t exist merely to sell a product — there are often […]

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

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    Co-ops — closer than you think

    by David Callis, Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association Our weekend shopping excursion had several oddly related purchases. Among them: butter, dog food, cranberry juice and running gear. All interconnected to each other. And all have something uniquely in common with your electric bill. The link? For the first clue, we go to England. The year is 1844, and 28 weavers have just formed the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers. This group of tradesmen was able to collectively sell their products in a store that they could not have individually afforded. Yet working together, […]

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

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    Powering Progress

    by David Callis, Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association Near the end of “Saving Private Ryan,” as Tom Hanks’ character is dying, he leans forward and mutters one last command to the young private: “Earn this.” He speaks the words after most of his men have died saving the private’s life. He speaks the words to the soldier in an effort to convey the magnitude of the sacrifice made on his behalf. Moving forward with a new team in place for 2012, “Earn this” is our internal watchword at the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association.While […]

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

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    R&D Necessary for an Affordable Future

    by David Callis, Vice President of Statewide Services for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association Almost three years ago, I wrote about the Obama-Biden comprehensive New Energy for America Plan. During the 2008 presidential campaign, the candidates said their plan would “help create 5 million new jobs by strategically investing $150 billion over the next 10 years to catalyze private efforts to build a clean energy future” As of early September 2011, at least 1,100 of those new jobs aren’t there, nor is the $535 million that helped fund them. Solyndra LLC, which manufactured solar systems for commercial rooftops, suspended operations […]

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