What concerns are PVEC members interested in?

March 8, 2021                                                                                                                                           Home

Powell Valley Electric Cooperative (PVEC) has provided electrical service to its members for more than 80 years.  In many discussions over the years, it is clear that the main concerns of members are:   reliable electric service with low rates and quick repair of outages.  Additionally, members express the need for a high speed internet connection.  

PVEC Member Voices recently sent out a survey to more than 700 PVEC members asking what issues members wish to see PVEC address.  There was a good response to the survey, and the top concerns were: 

  • high speed internet
  • chemical spraying of rights-of-way
  • solar power
  • board meeting agenda and minutes online
  • mail-in ballots for board elections
  • energy efficiency programs to reduce electric bills

It is good news that PVEC has continued its commitment to provide high speed internet, with over 495 miles of mainline broadband in place. PVEC Fiber is actively signing up members for this high speed service.  Although chemical spraying of rights-of-way continues, PVEC has an opt-out policy for those who want to maintain their own right-of-way and avoid chemical spraying on their land.

Member Voices has presented petitions and statements to PVEC concerning mail-in ballots for board elections and availability of board meeting minutes and agenda online.

No actions have been taken on either of these concerns.  PVEC and TVA offer some energy efficiency programs, but PVEC has not yet adopted the PAYS program (home insulation improvement up front with long term payback on monthly electric bills).

In terms of solar, there are several opportunities available.  In its current contract with TVA, PVEC has the option to provide up to 5% of its power needs with locally generated solar arrays.  Homeowners and business owners can install a solar array to provide power for their specific use, with excess going to the grid.  

In response to interest in home solar installations, PVEC Member Voices is offering a free solar power webinar on Tuesday, March 9 at 4 pm.  This webinar will provide information (placement of panels, cost, tax credits, benefits, connection to grid) for PVEC members who are considering solar installations.  To sign up for this webinar, call 423/300-6313 or email pvecmembervoices@gmail.com and leave contact information.  You will receive a return phone call or email with information on how to register.

Everyone needs to learn more about our electric cooperative.  For more information, go to pve.coop.

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