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Cybersolution Coming in 2020

Opening our members to a world of distributed energy resources (DERs) – solar, EVs and battery storage just to name a few – and offering a system to manage the connected devices (DERMS) has been a primary focus of our team over the last two years. As our members deploy more DERs and enjoy greater flexibility to build distributed generation assets, it is becoming increasingly important that together we recognize both the opportunities and risks associated with each new grid-connected device.

Partnership Yields Place for McCall on ORNL SecCom Industry Advisory Board

In much the same way that DER devices are connecting consumers to the electrical grid, a partnership established with the U.S. Department of Energy-funded Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in September 2019 is connecting us to a network of technology partners and a world of possibilities. Last fall, when ORNL leaders participated in our annual meeting held at their site just outside of Knoxville, Tenn., it sparked both a relationship and an invitation to Seven States Power Corporation’s Betsey Kirk McCall

New Home EV Charger Program is On Point

Seven States Power joined Amazon and Home Depot on an elite list of “power buyers” when in March it inked a deal with ChargePoint to purchase the company’s Home Flex electric vehicle chargers in bulk at discounted prices. The two mammoth retailers previously carried exclusive “Authorized Reseller” rights to ChargePoint’s residential products in the eastern U.S. Now, Seven States Power can leverage the buying power of local power companies across the Valley to purchase units for resale through local power companies.

Thank You

Each quarter, Seven States Power shines a spotlight on a member who has been on the cutting edge of innovation in the power industry. In light of COVID-19, we would like to spotlight all our members during this unprecedented and difficult time of operating utility systems during a health pandemic. Thank you to all our members for putting the health and safety of their communities first. Thank you to all our members for their ability to ensure reliable power is delivered

Board Announces New Subsidiary, Communication Tools

The Seven States Power Corporation Board of Directors met on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Meeting via teleconference in light of social distancing requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board discussed a slate of issues that included the announcement of a new wholly-owned subsidiary. Seven States Energy, LLC was formed in Tennessee in support of Seven States Power Corp’s FY20 Strategic Framework. The new entity will provide members with a vehicle for pursuing flexibility in the Valley. The Board also discussed

Seven States Power COVID-19 Statement

As the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts the Tennessee Valley, the United States and countries around the world, Seven States Power is monitoring this evolving situation closely. Our top priorities are the health and safety of Seven States team members, and the support and service of our members, partners and vendors. We have been following CDC-recommended social distancing practices and as of today, March 17, all Seven States Power staff will work remotely to do our part to prevent the

ENoveering: Intersection of Energy, Innovation & Engineering

Seven States Power Corporation is a place where energy, innovation and engineering come together. That is how Executive Vice President Betsey Kirk McCall described the energy solutions organization when she spoke at TVPPA’s All Member Meeting in Murfreesboro, Tenn. on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Seven States, which serves the same local power company members as TVPPA, is growing exponentially as it crisscrosses the Tennessee Valley designing, developing and deploying renewable energy technologies in partnership with its members. “We don’t just talk about

Seven States Board Elects New Leadership

The Seven States Power Corp. Board of Directors will head into 2020 with a new leadership team. Meeting Dec. 10 at Seven States’ Chattanooga office, the corporation’s directors elected Jeff Dykes, CEO at Johnson City, Tenn. based BrightRidge, to a one-year term as chairman. Jim Ferrell, chief executive at Jackson, Tenn., EA, was elected vice chairman and Keith Carnahan, CEO at Meriwether Lewis EC, Centerville, Tenn., was elected secretary/treasurer. Dykes took the reins at BrightRidge, then Johnson City PB, at the

Robbins on Dollywood: ‘They call us’ with Energy Questions

Sevier Co., Tenn., ES isn’t trying to be the go-to energy advisor for its area’s sprawling Dollywood complex. That’s because the utility has already earned that privilege. “It’s all about relationships,” said Sevier Co. ES Superintendent Allen Robbins, one of the newest members of the Seven States Power Corp. Board of Directors. “Dollywood used to pay a power bill,” Robbins said. “Now we have a relationship.” Sevier County Electric System and Seven States Power installed EV charger at Dollywood in Sevierville,

Seven States’ Board Member, Mike Partin, elected to NRECA’s Board

Mike Partin, president & CEO at Sequachee Valley EC, South Pittsburg, Tenn., and recent addition to the Seven States Power Corporation Board has been elected to the NRECA Board of Directors. Partin was elected Nov. 25 in Nashville, at the TECA Annual Meeting. He succeeds Tom Purkey of Middle Tennessee EMC, Murfreesboro, Tenn., who opted to stand down from the NRECA board. “I thank my colleagues for their support,” Partin said. “I look forward to representing the cooperative members of Tennessee.”