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Community Energy

Community Energy—In Murray, 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 thanks to our protected lands, cleaner energy sources, and much more.

A Partnership of Service

Murray Electric System 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

Education and Environment

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

Home to Murray State University, Murray sits at the heart of Kentucky Lake, TVA’s largest reservoir and part of its environmental stewardship program. Camping, fishing and eagle-watching are just a few of the outdoor activities enjoyed by residents and tourists. Local schools have fishing teams that enjoy participating in tournaments on the lake.

Community energy benefits students in the classroom as well. Mary Beth Paschall, Marketing and Telephone Coordinator for MES, says that MES was proud to partner with TVA and Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated (a TVA retiree organization) to present Murray Independent School District (MISD) with a $5,000 2021 STEM grant. The grant provides funding that will be used to purchase Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technology for the classroom to explore other cultures through virtual field trips. Paschall says that students will be able to interact with the digital world to see places and things they couldn’t experience otherwise.

Although MISD was one of only two school districts in Western Kentucky to receive a TVA STEM grant, 2021 marked the second year in a row that MISD earned this highly competitive award. Only schools that receive their power from a TVA distributor such as MES are eligible to receive a STEM grant. MES is proud that their partnership with TVA helps to make funding opportunities like these possible for the students in their community.

The team at Murray Electric System (MES) also enjoys reaching out to schools in fun, creative ways. “We have a tiny [model] city that our linemen built with power poles, houses and even cars. They teach the kids, mostly fourth graders, how electricity works and guiding principles of electrical safety,” says Paschall.

The value of community energy extends to all customers, especially when times are tough. Paschall says, “We had a major [company], Briggs & Stratton, shut down in the community. That shut-down, coupled with the Covid-19 pandemic, put a financial strain on a lot of our neighbors.” MES partnered with TVA twice in 2020 to donate a total of $40,000 through the TVA Community Cares Fund to both The United Way and Needline to help those in need. The funds were distributed to help customers struggling to pay their bills during the pandemic.

 

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Resources for Your Home, Business and Life

Our partnership makes helpful programs like these possible.

Schools

MES was proud to award a TVA STEM grant to Murray Middle School during the 2019-2020 school year.

The grants were part of $800,000 in funding TVA awarded to public school educators, in partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated, a TVA retiree organization. The funds are used to develop science, technology, engineering and math projects across the Valley. The STEM classroom grant program received more than 600 applications for the competitive awards.

The program provides teachers in the seven-state TVA service area to apply for up to $5,000 in funding to support STEM projects. Schools must receive their power from a TVA distributor to receive grant funds.

 

Reliability

MES 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.

Reliability

Residential

Murray Electric System partners with TVA to help customers make smart energy decisions and save money through TVA EnergyRight.

Our partnership with TVA EnergyRight offers you 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.

As of August 2021, several customers in the MES service area have participated so far this year in TVA EnergyRight programs.

Community Energy - Residential

Recreation

TVA’s management of the Valley’s public lands and waterways provides many opportunities for Tennessee residents and tourists to participate in outdoor activities.

The Murray community enjoys fishing and recreation on Kentucky Lake, which is supported by TVA’s environmental stewardship.

Recreation