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Community Energy

Community Energy—In Our Region, Power Means More

North Alabama Electric Cooperative 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

North Alabama Electric Cooperative 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

Recreation and Job Creation

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

Located in the lush, Appalachian foothills of northern Alabama, scenic Lake Guntersville offers relaxation and enjoyment for residents and tourists alike.

Fishing and bald eagle watching are just two of the many activities enjoyed at the lake by members of the North Alabama Electric Cooperative (NAEC). Ongoing TVA stewardship of the watershed ensures that the water and surrounding lands remain accessible to the community by providing trails and blueways and aquatic vegetation management.

Covering 6,000 acres of public land along the Tennessee River, the lake was created when the Guntersville Dam was completed by TVA in 1939. The dam produces clean hydropower as part of TVA’s balanced generation portfolio and reduces flood damage for farmers, landowners and recreators along the shores. Partnerships enabled by NAEC customers allow TVA to protect and conserve the abundant cultural resources in the area as well.

NAEC serves several communities within Jackson and Marshall counties. Economic development of the area is a top concern for Bruce Purdy, General Manager of NAEC. Competition with neighboring regions to win new industry can be competitive, but the partnership with TVA helps NAEC and the communities it serves compete, says Purdy.

Economic development isn’t just about building new manufacturing facilities.

Providing educational opportunities for local students to learn in-demand job skills is also key to not only economic growth, but also ensuring that residents continue to reside in the community. With this in mind, Jackson County leaders held a celebrated ground-breaking ceremony in October of 2020 on the site of the new Jackson County Innovation and Career Academy, scheduled to be completed for enrollment by Fall 2022.

Purdy says TVA’s partnership was integral to the “state of the art” tech center, which will include a repurposed 66,000-square-foot building in Jackson County Industrial Park. Students will have the opportunity to study subjects to prepare them for the workforce that their home schools may not offer, such as AP computer science, agricultural science, cybersecurity, building construction, and cosmetology.

 

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Resources for Your Home, Business and Life

Our partnership makes helpful programs like these possible.

Schools

NAEC was proud to award TVA STEM grants to Bridgeport Middle School, Skyline High School and Stevenson Elementary 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

NAEC partners with TVA to provide safe, reliable, clean power to service area members.

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

NAEC 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 NAEC 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 NAEC community enjoys fishing and recreation on Lake Guntersville, which is supported by TVA’s environmental stewardship.

Recreation