Entries by Trent Scott


Vantage Point Adds Environmental and Cultural Resource Services

MITCHELL, SD (January 11, 2022) – TECA associate member Vantage Point Solutions is pleased to announce the addition of in-house Environmental and Cultural Resource services, further streamlining construction project management in the face of increasing permitting requirements. “Construction projects across the country are facing increased environmental and cultural resource requirements,” says Chad Glanzer, President of […]

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Vanderbilt solar farm to be built in Duck River Electric Co-op service area

Vanderbilt University, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Nashville Electric Service (NES), Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC), and Silicon Ranch Corporation broke ground today on a new solar farm that is now under construction in Bedford County, Tennessee. The 35-megawatt (MWAC) Vanderbilt I Solar Farm is expected to begin producing power before the end of 2022, […]

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MTE’s Chris Jones receives national communications award

Murfreesboro, Tenn. – Middle Tennessee Electric (MTE) President and CEO Chris Jones has received the 2022 J.C. Brown CEO Communication Leadership Award. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) presented Jones the award at the organization’s CEO Close-Up Conference Jan. 10 in Phoenix.  According to NRECA, the J.C. Brown Award “recognizes an electric cooperative or public power […]

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General Assembly app updated for 2022

NASHVILLE – The 112th Tennessee General Assembly app gives Tennesseans interested in government and politics a powerful tool for connecting with lawmakers. Tennessee legislators will return to Nashville on Jan. 11 for the second session of the 112th Tennessee General Assembly. During this year’s session lawmakers will consider legislation that can have an impact on […]

Keep pets warm, too

Sure, your cat or dog was born with a thick, furry coat to help it stay warm all winter, but if you’re cold, your pet probably is, too. A few easy habits will make your precious pet more comfortable—and safe—during the coldest days, indoors and out. For starters, keep your house comfortably humidified. Your heating […]


Store electric decorations safely

Every year around New Year’s Day, you carefully zip your artificial Christmas tree into a waterproof bag. You lovingly place your precious ornaments into padded boxes. You neatly fold your leftover wrapping paper and stack it in a plastic box so it will come out fresh and ready next December. But are you piling tangles […]


Stay warm on the coldest days

January and February typically are the coldest months of the year. That doesn’t mean you have to be cold for two months, especially inside your own home. Dressing in layers, wearing socks with your slippers and staying active are no-cost, no-tech ways to stay cozy indoors even when all you can see for miles is […]

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How you can help tornado victims

On the evening on Friday, Dec. 10, a series of violent tornadoes ripped through Tennessee and Kentucky. Hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed, and 77 lost their lives. In the wake of the storm, many are looking for opportunities to assist. “The outpouring has been phenomenal,” said Danny Jowers, emergency management director for Obion […]

Tornado recovery efforts continue

“It hit home,” said Jason Mills, line foreman for Gibson Electric Membership Corporation’s Tiptonville office, of the tornado that damaged parts of Lake and Obion counties on Friday, Dec. 10. “The loss of life hurts – that makes this one a little different.” Crews today were focusing their efforts on Samburg and the Reelfoot Lake […]


Tennessee co-ops recover from tornado damage

Crews from Tennessee’s electric co-ops worked through the weekend after a line of severe storms, some producing long-track tornadoes, moved through Tennessee Friday evening and Saturday morning. Initially more than 20,000 co-op consumers were affected by outages, but crews have reduced than number down to fewer than 4,000. Gibson Electric Membership Corporation, which provides power […]

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Duck River Electric Joins Project UNITE Initiative to Speed Broadband Deployment to Underserved Members

Columbia, Tenn. – Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC), an electric provider serving 2,500 square miles of middle Tennessee, and United Communications, Middle Tennessee’s leading provider of fiber and fixed wireless internet services, announced today that they are collaborating to expand broadband access to underserved areas across Middle Tennessee. Industry data indicates that while average household demand […]


Stay warm without cranking up the heat

Stop shivering indoors just because it’s cold outside. You don’t have to crank up the heat to stay warm on winter’s frostiest days. First, bundle up. Dressing in layers is a great way to keep yourself comfortable without extra heat. Here are 10 more ways to make your home and yourself more comfortable during winter […]


Surprise kids with electric toys under holiday tree

The “best toys” lists for the 2021 holiday season include a few items that teach about electricity or use it to operate. Here are some child-tested favorites: National Geographic kits. The Potato Battery Kit teaches kids about electricity as they build a potato clock with a voltmeter. The Coin Powered Flashlight is an experiment that […]


’Tis extension cord season. Use them properly.

’Tis the season to unpack the extension cords and plug way too many devices into them. Here are 10 tips from the Electrical Safety Foundation for using extension cords properly: Never plug an extension cord into another extension cord. They’re not designed for that kind of electrical load. Choose an extension cord designed for outdoor […]


Save energy – even with a full house

Even with a house full of company and decorations lighting up the season, you might be able to save energy when compared to Christmases past. Here are five small changes you can make to keep your energy use under control during the December holidays: Switch to LED lights for the tree and the outside of […]

Electric co-ops discuss a bright future at TECA’s 80th Annual Meeting

State’s electric cooperatives gather in Nashville for annual event NASHVILLE – “Building a Brighter Tennessee” was the theme of the 80th annual meeting of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association, held Sunday, Nov. 21, through Tuesday, Nov. 23, in Nashville. More than 350 electric cooperative leaders from across the state attended the event where they explored […]

Five solar-powered gadgets that harness the sun’s power

The sun has an incredible amount of energy — more than we could ever fully harness. Fortunately, there’s an array of solar-powered gadgets and devices available to help you take advantage of this free source of energy. These technologies are a great way to power everyday things for free by simply using energy from the […]

Don’t let Turkey Day gobble up electricity

Our use of electricity soars on Thanksgiving Day as we draft our oven, stove, refrigerator and even our heating system into overdrive as we spend extra time cooking and invite family into our homes. Don’t spoil the holiday fun worrying about energy costs. Instead, make an effort to conserve energy even as you overuse your […]


Safety tips for the most wonderful time of the year

They’re right around the corner! Along with all the fun and family time that the holidays bring, come situations where electrical safety can be a concern. To make sure you enjoy an injury-free Thanksgiving and Christmas, Tennessee’s electric co-ops offer these safety reminders for the upcoming season. A lot of people begin putting up holiday […]

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Tennessee’s Electric Co-ops Partner with Western Governors University to Offer Scholarships to Rural Tennesseans

Nonprofit, fully online university will provide $50,000 in scholarships through its “Power Your Future” initiative for new students who are electric cooperative members  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 28, 2021) – In an effort to empower residents in rural areas of Tennessee to go back to school and further their education, WGU Tennessee, an affiliate of Western […]