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 budget, new or revised mission statements/guidelines for committees/advisory groups and received Chairman David Wade’s appointments of committee/advisory group chairs.

• DER Flexibility Research Project: TVPPA-member utilities participating in the DER FRP will have the latitude to add distributed energy resources (DER) to their portfolios. TVPPA President/CEO Doug Peters said the Project is the result of more than a year of “hard work and diligence” on the parts of the DER Council and TVPPA staff, in partnership with TVA.

“While the TVPPA DER Flexibility Research Project does not achieve contract flexibility – which would involve changing the Wholesale Power Contract – it does take a small step in that direction,” Peters said.

“Most importantly,” he added, “it helps protect your role as your customers’ most trusted energy adviser.”

The DER FRP is set to launch Jan. 9, with a two-year enrollment window. In partnership with TVA, TVPPA has scheduled four initial webinars, the aim of which is for TVPPA staff to share information with, and field questions from, TVPPA-member utilities. The initial webinar schedule is as follows (all times ET):

Dec. 12: 11 a.m. to 12 noon
Dec. 14: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Dec. 17: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Dec. 19: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Parties interested in participating in the webinars should RSVP to TVPPA’s Carrie Badeaux at or 423-490-7918. Badeaux, in turn, will send Outlook meeting requests with details on how to access a given webinar.

For more information, contact TVPPA Executive Vice President Betsey Kirk McCall at or TVPPA Vice President Clint Wilson at Additional webinars will be scheduled through early 2019 to accommodate those who cannot make one of the initial four.

• 2019 Committee/Advisory Group Chairs: TVPPA Chairman David Wade presented these committee/advisory group chair appointments to the TVPPA Board of Directors:
Bylaws Review Committee: Chris Jones, Middle TN EMC
Communications Advisory Group: Marlin Williams, NE Mississippi EPA
Contract Compliance Advisory Group: Wes Kelley, Huntsville Utilities
Education & Training Committee: Rodney Boyd, McMinnville ES
Energy Program Advisory Group: Becky Williamson, Memphis LG&W
Fiber Deployment Advisory Group: Katie Espeseth, EPB Chattanooga
Government Relations Advisory Group: Steve Hargrove, Sheffield Utilities
Operation Coordination Advisory Group: John Bowers, Pickwick
Rates & Pricing Committee: Dan Rodamaker, Gibson EMC
Research & Development Committee: Mark Iverson, Bowling Green MU
Solar Advisory Group: Michael Watson, Duck River EMC