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Volkswagen to make EVs in Chattanooga

Volkswagen has announced that its Chattanooga, Tenn., plant will serve as its North American base for manufacturing electric vehicles (EVs). The German automaker’s EV expansion will include an investment of $800 million into the Chattanooga facility and create 1,000...

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Duck River EMC’s Watson Retires

Michael Watson has retired as president/CEO at Duck River EMC, Shelbyville, Tenn. According to a news release, Watson's retirement took effect Jan. 11, two days after the cooperative’s board of directors accepted his request to retire. Though he will step down as...

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Hurd Joins TVPPA Board

Jeff Hurd of Hopkinsville, Ky., ES has succeeded Marty Ivy on the TVPPA board of directors. Hurd was elected to the TVPPA post by his Kentucky District colleagues at a Jan. 4 meeting in Hopkinsville. Ivy, his predecessor and general superintendent at Mayfield E & WS,...

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Coffey Takes Over at Hickman EPB

Rex Coffey has come home – sort of. Coffey is the new general manager at Hickman, Ky., EPB. He takes over for Adam Prehoda, who left for a post at Russellville, Ky., EPB. A Hickman native, Coffey signed on in 1997 as an apprentice lineman at what was then...

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Seven States Resets DERMS Training

Seven States Power Corp. (7SPC) has rescheduled five Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS) training sessions. The updated schedule is as follows (all sessions are 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. local time): Jan. 8: TECA, Nashville TN Jan. 18: Bowling Green, KY,...

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Sales Tax Collection Begins

So as to ensure compliance with Tennessee tax regulations, TVPPA has begun charging sales tax on materials it sells – except for those materials received in exchange for membership dues. The change took effect Jan. 1, 2019, and applies only to TVPPA members in the...

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TVPPA Directors Approve Flexibility Project, Budget, Chairs

Meeting Dec. 10 at Chattanooga, TN, the TVPPA Board of Directors voted to approve a DER Flexibility Research Project (FRP), the terms of which will give TVPPA-member utilities the ability to compete more effectively with third parties. The board also approved the 2019...

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TVPPA Remembers William Towers

TVPPA recently learned of the 2018 passing of former TVPPA Chairman William D. Towers. Towers was general manager at Holston EC, Rogersville, TN, when he was elected chairman at the 1980 Annual Conference. He served as the cooperative’s chief executive for 27 years,...

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TVPPA Slates Four February Events for Murfreesboro

TVPPA has no fewer than four major events set for Murfreesboro, TN, in February, all of which are scheduled for that city’s Embassy Suites location. Two, Fiber University and the Valley Utility Workshop, are brand-new. The others – the All-Member Meeting and the Legal...

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Greeneville L & PS En Route to Becoming Authority

Greeneville, TN, L & PS has commenced the process of becoming an energy authority. If all goes according to plan, the TVPPA-member utility will go from being municipally owned to a free-standing entity on or about July 1, 2019. The Greeneville Board of Mayor and...

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Pennyrile RECC Board Taps Gates

The board of directors at Pennyrile RECC, Hopkinsville, KY, has named Alan Gates to succeed Greg Grissom as president/CEO. Gates, a veteran of nearly 30 years at the cooperative, had been serving as the interim chief executive since Grissom stepped down in September....

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TVA CEO Johnson Announces Retirement

Bill Johnson, TVA’s president and CEO since 2012, has announced his intent to retire. Johnson released a statement coinciding with a Nov. 14 meeting of the TVA Board of Directors in Tupelo, MS. Johnson said in his statement, framed as a letter to TVA’s customers, that...

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Strickland Joins TVPPA

Nathalie Strickland is TVPPA’s new Vice President for Communications. Strickland earned her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and launched her public-relations career in Kansas City. She’s worked in Chattanooga for the past 18 years,...

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TVPPA Remembers Jimmy James

Longtime TVPPA line instructor Jimmy James died Sept. 18, in Arizona, at the age of 85. An Indiana native, James worked in Cleveland, TN, as a lineman for Volunteer EC while he was earning his undergraduate degree at what is now Southern Adventist University. He later...

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Iverson, Hardin, Pratt, Schmitz Snag Power Play Win

Mark Iverson of Bowling Green, KY, MU and Ray Hardin of Decatur, AL, Utilities teamed with TVA’s Dan Pratt and Max Schmitz of Altec to win the Power Play Golf Tournament, played Oct. 1 in Bowling Green. With their 10-under-par 62 at The Club at Olde Stone, Iverson,...

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Clark Takes Over At 4-County EPA

Brian Clark has been named CEO/general manager at 4-County EPA, Columbus, MS. A 13-year veteran at the cooperative, Clark is set to succeed the retiring Joe Cade Oct. 1. “We are excited to introduce Brian as CEO/general manager,” said Jay Gilliland, 4-County EPA’s...

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TVA Announces Customer Delivery Changes

TVA has announced three personnel changes in its Customer Delivery operation. Carl Seigenthaler, general manager for Customer Support & Strategy, will be retiring after 35 years of service. His retirement will be effective January 4, 2019. Seigenthaler has served TVA...

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Gautreaux Joins TVPPA Staff

TVPPA has named Haley Gautreaux to the post of Communications/Marketing Specialist. In her new role, the Chattanooga, TN, native will manage the development and delivery of the TVPPA Membership Directory, recruit new Associate and Affiliate members, support Regular...

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Rudd Takes Over At Benton, KY, ES

Kent Rudd is the new general manager at Benton, KY, ES. He succeeds Mark Fisk, who resigned earlier in September. A Benton-area native, Rudd joined the municipal utility in 1998 as a line apprentice. He became a journeyman five years later, after completing the TVPPA...

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TVPPA Board Renames Advisory Group

Meeting Sept. 17 in Chattanooga, TN, the TVPPA Board of Directors voted to change the name of a key advisory group. TVPPA’s directors voted unanimously to change the name of the Regulatory Advisory Group to the Contract Compliance Advisory Group. Huntsville, AL,...

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TVPPA Welcomes Melinda Harris

TVPPA has named Melinda Harris to the position of corporate data analyst. While Harris will be working primarily with TVPPA Strategic Energy Solutions, rates and pricing, she’ll also be bringing her expertise to bear on behalf of Seven States Power Corp. “We’re...

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TVA’s Grimes Announces Retirement

TVA Chief Generating Officer Joe Grimes has announced plans to retire Nov. 1. With his retirement, Grimes would close the book on a 40-year career. He spent the last five of those years at TVA, having signed on in 2013 as chief nuclear officer. In a statement, TVA...

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Peters: TVPPA, TVA Need New ‘Model’

TVPPA and TVA will require a “new business model” to best serve the Valley in the future. So said TVPPA President/CEO Doug Peters at an Aug. 22 TVA Board of Directors meeting in Knoxville, TN. The centerpiece of the meeting was the TVA board’s approval of a FY2019...

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Bolas Takes Over At KUB

Gabriel “Gabe” Bolas II has been named by the Knoxville, TN, UB Board of Commissioners to succeed retiring President/CEO Mintha Roach. Bolas, who’d served most recently as the utility’s senior vice president and chief engineer, would be the seventh chief executive in...

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TVPPA Promotes Philpott

TVPPA has named Courtney Philpott to the post of Conferences/Meetings coordinator. Philpott joined TVPPA in 2011 on a part-time basis. She earned her undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2013, then went full-time at...

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