TVPPA COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates and Cancellations

Valley Rally Goes Virtual

Amidst the uncertainty around ongoing pandemic-related operational and travel restrictions and, in the interest of the health and safety of our members, TVPPA is working to organize a virtual Valley Rally in lieu of in-person visits as originally scheduled for June 15-17.

TVPPA staff and the Government Relations Advisory Group will continue working to finalize details. Follow TVPPA on Twitter or LinkedIn or watch your email for the latest information on dates and further Valley Rally details.

Board, Advisory Group & Committee Meetings

We are exploring technologies to enable members to participate virtually in these meetings; announcements about meeting changes and connectivity options will be communicated on a case-by-case basis by TVPPA staff.

The TVPPA Board of Directors Meeting previously scheduled for May 18 has been rescheduled for June 29th from 12 to 4 pm. We will carefully consider whether this meeting should be held in person at the TVPPA offices and will update attendees once a decision is made. Any questions can be directed to Carrie Badeaux.

The next Government Relations Advisory Group meeting is scheduled for June 3rd at 2pm EST via conference call. Any questions regarding the GRAG meeting can be sent to Danette Scudder.

The next Energy Program Advisory Group meeting is scheduled for June 3rd in Murfreesboro.  A decision on whether that meeting will be held via conference call in the coming weeks.. Any questions regarding the EPAG meeting can be directed to Brad Rains.

The Solar Advisory Group plans to meet via webinar on June 2nd at 11am. Any questions regarding the SAG meeting can be directed to Steve Noe.

The Rates & Pricing Committee meeting scheduled for May 5th has been cancelled. The meeting will be rescheduled and details will be shared when a new date and time are set. Questions about the new date can be sent to Jim Sheffield.

The Engineering, Operations, & Technology Conference planning committee will meet via conference call in late May.  Questions can be sent to Diana Bryant.

Conferences

All fall conferences are currently scheduled to proceed as planned in anticipation that government restrictions for large groups gatherings may be lifted in the coming months. Any changes will be announced via email and posted to this webpage.

If you have any questions not addressed in the conference cancellation notice you received by email, please message us at conferences@tvppa.com.

Education and Training

All technical and business development classes scheduled for March, April and May have been suspended with the intent to reschedule within the 2020 calendar year. Registrants will be notified of new class dates as soon as they are available.

Classes beginning June 1 or later remain as scheduled for now; we will reevaluate plans for these classes in the coming weeks.

Please direct any questions to our Training Team.

TVPPA Office Updates

Following social distancing guidelines issued by public health experts, TVPPA staff began working remotely on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. TVPPA members can rest assured that while our staff work from the safety of their homes, we will continue to fully support our members.                              

Our commitment to supporting you during this, or any other crisis, includes helping you adapt to changing realities. As our membership seeks to navigate this new landscape, TVPPA will continue to provide access to the tools and resources you need to reach your goals. 

Meeting Plans & Travel Bans

TVPPA’s Education & Training, Conferences and other knowledge-sharing events are cornerstone services of our association. Through them, we offer valuable information that supports our members’ safe, effective and efficient operation of electric systems across the Valley. It’s a charge we take seriously, and that’s why we have carefully considered how to handle upcoming events.

We know the most effective means of information sharing is through in-person events. Still, with the introduction of the COVID-19 virus into our region, we have determined the most prudent course of action is to suspend some in-person interactions to prevent the spread of the illness. The safety and wellbeing of your team – and ours – is of the utmost importance to us.

Sharing Knowledge & Resources

For our members, “blue sky” preparation for a storm is standard operating procedure. But for most the need to prepare for a health epidemic and its potential impact on their workforce, their customers and their community is uncharted territory. That’s why TVPPA has created a repository of action plans/operational decisions and planning resources to enable our members to share plans and planning resources with other members for assistance in the development of their own plans. The Response Plan Repository can be found on the Member Menu after logging into the site.

Knowledge is power and we invite you to share with us any plans and resources you think will be most helpful to your peers.  Please send your materials to our Communications Team and contact Danette Scudder if you have questions or additional ideas for how we can best serve you at this time.