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Community Energy: the benefit of Harriman Utility Board and TVA working together
Community Energy

Community Energy—In Our Region, Power Means More

Harriman Utility Board is powered by a public power model — owned by and accountable to the people who live here. So the initiatives we invest in through our power model serve one purpose: helping our communities thrive.

Because we support public power, we all benefit from Community Energy. It’s the progress our model enables — like more job opportunities thanks to thriving and growing communities, outdoor recreation as a result of our protected lands, cleaner energy sources, and much more.

A Partnership of Service

Harriman Utility Board and TVA work together to power not just our homes and businesses, but our potential too — by combining efforts to help create a future we all believe in.

Working Together to Make Life in Our Community Better

Serving and Celebrating the Community

Harriman Utility Board and TVA were founded on a mission to serve — through reliable and affordable energy, a safe and protected environment and thriving economic development.

Known for the beautiful Victorian-era architecture gracing its Cornstalk Heights Historical Homes district, the city of Harriman sits along the Emory River in East Tennessee. Harriman Utility Board (HUB) has served residential and industrial customers in the area since 1939.

In partnership with the City of Harriman, HUB regularly sponsors, participates in, and contributes to recurring local activities and events in their role as a “HUB” of the community. Each year, on Labor Day, the town celebrates “Hooray for Harriman,” with HUB as a centerpiece, sharing fun and games, and giveaways from TVA, as well as showcasing their services. Later, in the fall, HUB participates in organizing the city-wide “Trunk or Treat,” providing treats for area children, family-centered entertainment and food.

Helping customers in need is part of HUB’s mission to enhance the community through exceptional service. HUB participated in the TVA Community Care Fund during the pandemic. TVA provided a $10,000 grant to match HUB’s contribution. They used the moneys to supplement its Warming the Hearts program, which helps struggling customers to pay their utility bills.

Candace Vannasdale, General Manager of HUB, said they also enjoy participating in the TVA Second Harvest Food Bank. A team of their employees served a few hundred families during a drive-through food bank at Midtown Elementary School in July 2020, and again in the spring of 2021 at Kellytown Baptist Church. Vannasdale said, “I appreciate that TVA includes local power companies in these food drives. It’s such a great opportunity to serve our community.”

HUB is also proud to participate in TVA EnergyRight’s Home Uplift Program, which provides weatherization services to income-qualified customers in the service area. These energy upgrades help to make homes more energy-efficient, safe and comfortable for residents.

HUB decided to take a unique approach to selecting participants for the program by entering qualified names in a drawing. Joshua Gillespie, director of communications at HUB said, “We were concerned about just picking the first names on a list.” Announcements about the raffle were made on social and print media. Interested customers came to the HUB office to fill out applications and received raffle tickets. The HUB team then held a Facebook Live event for the raffle ticket drawing.

So far, three HUB customers have participated in the Home Uplift program. Gillespie says the program brought much-needed assistance to the participants, “One recipient had lost her husband. She was living on a fixed income and struggling to make her utility bill payments.” Another recipient had a dire need for assistance. “She needed a furnace; she was using space heaters. Not only did the upgrades make her home more comfortable, but it helped her utility bill tremendously.”

Besides keeping utility bills as affordable as possible, making sure the power stays on is a top priority for HUB. Heath Lewis, Manager of Electric for HUB, said HUB recently had a situation that could have left about 9,000 customers—that’s 80 percent of HUB customers—without power. A large 69-kilovolt (kV) structure needed to be replaced and HUB didn’t have the necessary equipment to do the job. Lewis said, “TVA brought in their own bucket trucks, line trucks and crews. It was a huge help for us. Anytime we call, TVA helps.”

Many who reside in the HUB service area will remember the December 2008 incident that occurred at the Kingston Fossil Plant. For those who aren’t familiar with the event, a dike breach at a coal ash storage pond resulted in about 20 million cubic yards of coal ash slurry spilling into the Emory River.

The accident devastated many homes, toppled power lines, and led to a multi-year clean-up effort. Vannasdale said, “It was a tough time, but the community emerged together stronger. The plant has provided excellent paying jobs for decades, despite what happened.”

Although the spill and its aftermath were difficult for the community, there have been positive outcomes, including innovation in industrial accident cleanup and a major wetlands revitalization effort in the area. Vannasdale said, “TVA spared no expense to fix the problem and today the area is a beautiful park.”

As part of the restoration and revitalization efforts, during the past decade, the site has been converted to a 240-acre capped landfill, Roane County’s Swan Pond Recreation Area and Lakeshore Park, that supports both area wildlife and recreation.


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Resources for Your Home, Business and Life

Our partnership makes helpful programs like these possible.


Harriman Utility Board and TVA work together to support community-wide learning about energy efficiency, meet STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) objectives and provide opportunities to develop skills that can prepare students for careers in technical fields. 


Teachers in public schools that receive power from a TVA distributor can win STEM grants up to $5,000. In 2022 alone, TVA distributed $1 million, in partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated, a TVA retiree organization, and the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network. TVA gives preference to applications covering its primary areas of focus–environment, energy, economic development, and community problem solving.

Morgan County Career & Technical Center won a TVA STEM grant in 2018.

TVA EnergyRight® School Uplift 

Schools enrolled in TVA EnergyRight® School Uplift receive infrastructure upgrades to reduce energy costs and improve the quality of the learning environment. Heating, cooling and lighting improvements are the tip of the iceberg, however as the program’s focus is long-term learning for communities. Students and faculty at chosen schools receive behavior-based strategic energy management (SEM) training and learn easy, actionable energy saving tips and energy efficiency practices.

Oakdale High School participated in School Uplift in 2021.

TVA EnergyRight Educational Workshops

Eye Spy Energy Kids’ Workshop

TVA EnergyRight and Harriman Utility Board partner to bring Spark, Bolt, Zap and their other EnergyRight Monster friends to elementary schools across the community, teaching students where energy comes from, how we use it and ways to save at home. Students can continue the energy-saving fun with their families using Eye Spy Energy Kits.

EnergyRight® Energy Monsters

TVA and local power companies partner up to bring EnergyRight® Energy Monsters workshops to schools to teach where energy comes from, how we use it and ways to save at home. Students can take home Eye Spy Energy Kits to continue the energy savings fun with their families.


HUB partners with TVA to provide safe, reliable, clean power to service area customers.

TVA supplies community energy to 153 local power companies and about 60 large industrial customers and federal facilities at the lowest feasible cost. Over half of the electricity generated by TVA comes from carbon-free resources. TVA’s diverse energy portfolio includes coal, gas, nuclear and hydroelectric plants as well as renewable resources. For over 20 years, TVA’s transmission system has achieved a reliability rate of 99.999 percent.



Investing in renewable energy sources — like solar and wind — helps keep our power clean and affordable. We partner with TVA to offer various ways for our neighbors and businesses to join us in supporting renewable resource energy projects in the Tennessee Valley and promote a greener energy future. From information that helps residents learn about their solar options to programs that allow businesses to support renewable energy and operate more sustainably, explore the resources available to you.



Our partnership with TVA EnergyRight offers resources to help with your home’s energy needs.

From DIY energy-saving advice to finding a local contractor you can trust, TVA EnergyRight resources can help you improve your home’s energy efficiency and save money on your power bill.

HUB also assisted three qualified customers in the service area this year with energy efficiency upgrades through TVA EnergyRight’s Home Uplift program.

TVA EnergyRight’s Home Uplift helps families with limited means achieve a better home life by making energy upgrades that not only save money on their monthly bills, but also improve their quality of life.

Limited-income customers often reside in residences that are older and less energy efficient, which typically means higher power bills. Comfortable, safe living conditions help reduce colds and sickness and help seniors to age in place in their homes.

Currently, TVA EnergyRight’s Home Uplift program is available in select areas with plans to offer it more broadly across the Valley in the future.

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