Neighbors Powering What Matters

Community Energy: the benefit of Nashville Electric Service and TVA working together

In Our Region, Power Means More

Nashville Electric Service 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

Nashville Electric Service 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

Sustainability and Community

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

As part of its commitment to environmental sustainability and carbon reduction, Nashville Electric Service (NES) recently joined TVA’s Green Invest program. Through this program NES will help Vanderbilt University reach carbon neutrality by powering the campus solely with renewable energy. The University’s greenhouse emissions will be reduced by solar power generated from two farms in Bedford and Moore counties. Nashville-based Silicon Ranch Corporation, one of the largest independent solar power producers in the U.S., will construct, own and operate the solar facilities. The partnership between NES and TVA’s Green Invest program aims to encourage further economic development in the area by attracting and retaining jobs and investment in the community.

Resiliency, innovation and a commitment to community powers NES. As so many in the NES service area know, Nashville has been through some tough times over the past 10 years. Natural disasters and weather events have devastated the area, including the 2010 flood and the 2020 tornado. Many in the area struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic. Then the region was shocked by the Christmas Day bombing of downtown Nashville in 2020. But these difficult events haven’t stopped the city of Nashville or NES from staying “Nashville Strong,” as Paula Geruntino, NES Customer Relations Manager, says.

NES has been there to get the power back on and customers back on their feet as quickly as possible during these unprecedented times. Geruntino says that the partnership between NES and TVA has been an important part of these efforts, from restoring power outages to volunteer cleanup after the tornado, to utility bill assistance to help residents, business owners and employees affected by the Christmas Day bombing. “Our working together [with TVA] means a partnership of service that touches every single customer,” Geruntino says.

Assisting customers in crisis is a top priority at NES. To provide customers with easy access to resources, NES created NEShelps.com. The website provides a list of economic resources to customers, including $17 million in relief funds made possible by a partnership between NES and TVA. Part of the funding was used as a COVID-19 credit on customer bills during the pandemic and the remaining $7 million is managed by NeedLink Nashville to help those in need pay down past-due balances. Resources on the site also include links to the United Way of Greater Nashville’s Nashville Response Fund page and other social service agencies.

In addition to online resources to assist customers in need, NES participates in TVA EnergyRight’s Home Uplift Program to help income-qualified homeowners in the service area weatherize their homes. Geruntino says she is a “big advocate” for weatherization programs, and she’s proud that NES will soon have assisted 400 homes in the community through the program, which is supported by grants from TVA and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).

Not only does Home Uplift help ensure that customers’ homes are more energy-efficient and their power bills are lower, but it also has many other “non-energy benefits,” as Geruntino notes. Making these energy upgrades ensures better health and safety for customers, which means they can stay in their homes and in their neighborhoods. From cleaner air that can help to improve respiratory conditions, to joint pain relief and fewer doctor’s visits, weatherizing a home can improve quality of life in many ways.

Geruntino says the core mission of NES, “To provide safe, reliable, and cost-efficient power to all customers,” is more important than ever.

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Resources for Your Home, Business and Life

Our partnership makes helpful programs like these possible.

Business

When local businesses and industries are supported and flourishing, the whole community benefits. Through our partnership with TVA EnergyRight®, we help connect businesses and industries to the energy resources they need to thrive. Making electrification upgrades? The Preferred Contractors Network helps connect you to a pro you can trust, and we can help you discover incentives to offset the cost. Discover all the resources designed to help you manage your energy use and boost your bottom line.

Economic Development

Renewables

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.

Residential

We partner with TVA EnergyRight to offer resources that help with your home’s energy needs. Whether you’re looking for some DIY energy-saving advice or you need a trusted contractor to help with a home energy upgrade, our resources help guide the way. Learn about your home’s energy use on your terms through an online DIY Home Energy Assessment, or have a TVA EnergyRight Home Energy Advisor evaluate your home’s energy use and recommend ways you can start saving.

Promoting Quality of Life

Electric Vehicles

They make for a smoother and more efficient ride, are easier to maintain, and they’re better for the environment. We’re partnering with TVA EnergyRight to make it easier for drivers to decide whether or not making the switch to an electric vehicle makes sense for them. From an EV comparison tool that helps you decide which EV fits your needs, to a charger map that helps you locate charging stations along your route, all the information you need is here.

Plugging in an electric vehicle