Sharing and Listening: Holston Electric Cooperative Looks for Member Input
Rural electric cooperatives are supposed to be democratically governed, but too often we see co-ops operating without member input. Holston Electric Cooperative (HEC) in Tennessee is an example of a co-op that has chosen to operate in a true cooperative fashion and foster open communication with its members. Check out how HEC is engaging its members on issues from broadband to herbicide spraying.
Announcing the High Country Home Energy Makeover
We are hosting a Home Energy Makeover contest in North Carolina’s High Country to help families manage their energy costs and make their homes more comfortable. One grand-prize winner will receive $2,500 in home energy improvements, which may include insulation and air sealing. Only Blue Ridge Energy residential members are eligible. Learn more about the contest and how to apply.
TVA’s “New Pricing Paradigm” is a bad deal for communities and clean energy
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a federally-owned (but self-regulated) electric utility that controls the generation and distribution of electricity in the state of Tennessee and parts of six other surrounding areas. The utility recently proposed a new rate structure that involves a new fixed charge TVA is calling a “Grid Access Fee.” This is an act that will affect all electric customers in the Tennessee Valley. See how people are starting to take action and what it might mean for you.
Energy efficiency could result in tremendous public health benefits
We love energy efficiency for a lot of reasons, but it can be easy to forget just how wide ranging the impacts of this technology really are. A recent study by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy found that reducing energy use in the US by a mere 15% could save lives and billions of dollars. Find out why energy efficiency should be part of the national conversation on public health.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is holding a comment period for their integrated resource plan. Comments are due by April 16. Comments can be made by mail, by email, at an open house or on their website.