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Community Energy: the benefit of Hopkinsville Electric System and TVA working together
Community Energy

Community Energy—In Hopkinsville, Ky., Our Power Means More

Our region 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 made possible by our protected lands, cleaner energy sources, and much more.

A Partnership of Service

Hopkinsville Electric System (HES) 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

Hopkinsville Electric System (HES) and TVA were founded on a mission to serve — through reliable and affordable energy, a safe and protected environment and thriving economic development.


HES provides electricity to 10,000 residential and 3,000 commercial and industrial customers in the city of Hopkinsville, located within Christian County in Southwest Kentucky.


Since TVA’s COVID-19 Community Care Fund grant program began in April 2020, HES and TVA have given $30,000 to local non-profit entities to provide assistance to those most impacted by the pandemic. Recipients included United Way of Pennyrile, Hopkinsville Christian County Public Library, the Salvation Army and the Christian County Rescue Team.

HES and TVA also worked together to provide lighting at the Trail of Tears Commemorative Park. The log cabin used as the Heritage Center of the Park is the original structure, although restored to include display cases for historical artifacts. It is located on a part of the campground once used by Cherokee Indians on the Trail of Tears.

Jeff Hurd, general manager of HES, says, “This project was a part of the Leadership Hopkinsville-Christian County program that develops involved civic-oriented volunteer leaders in our community.

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Resources for Your Home, Business and Life

Our partnership makes helpful programs like these possible.


HES partners with TVA EnergyRight® to help connect businesses and industries to the energy resources they need to thrive and help the whole community flourish. It includes a Preferred Contractors Network to find reliable pros, and incentives to offset costs. Discover all the ways TVA EnergyRight® can help businesses manage energy use and boost the bottom line.



Hopkinsville Electric System (HES) 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 TVA retiree organization Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated 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.

In 2021, Hopkinsville Middle School received a $5000 TVA STEM grant.

TVA EnergyRight® School Uplift

Schools enrolled in TVA EnergyRight’s School Uplift program receive behavior-based strategic energy management (SEM) training that helps them integrate energy efficiency practices into their daily operations to save energy and money. Schools compete to win grants for infrastructure upgrades to reduce energy costs and improve the quality of the learning environment.

TVA EnergyRight Educational Workshops

Eye Spy Energy Kids’ Workshop

TVA EnergyRight and HES 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.

Energy Evolution High School Workshop

TVA EnergyRight and HES are working together to offer engaging, interactive workshops that empower high school students to reduce their environmental impact and lead the next wave of our planet’s energy evolution.


HES 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. For more than 20 years, TVA’s transmission system has achieved a reliability rate of 99.999 percent.

More than half of the electricity generated by TVA is derived from carbon-free resources. TVA’s diverse energy portfolio includes coal, gas, nuclear and hydroelectric plants as well as renewables.

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HES partners with TVA to help customers make smart energy decisions and save money through TVA EnergyRight®.

Together, they provide resources that help customers make smart home energy decisions. From DIY energy-saving advice to reputable local contractor recommendations, TVA EnergyRight® offers ways to help improve home energy efficiency and save money on the power bill.

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