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Community Energy: the benefit of Pennyrile Electric and TVA working together
Community Energy

Community Energy—In Our Region, Power Means More

Pennyrile Electric 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

Pennyrile Electric 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

Reliability and Opportunity

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

Pennyrile Electric serves over 49,000 members in parts of nine Kentucky counties, including Butler, Caldwell, Christian, Logan, Lyon, Muhlenberg, Simpson, and Trigg.

Brent Gilkey, VP of Member Services and Communications, says providing reliable power to co-op members is a top priority for Pennyrile Electric. The co-op has purchased its power from TVA since 1942. Today, members continue to receive reliable energy, as well as access to many programs made possible by the partnership between Pennyrile Electric and TVA. These include TVA EnergyRight programs such as the DIY Home Energy Assessment and the Home Energy Evaluation, which help residents to improve energy efficiency in their homes.

Pennyrile Electric values all its members, including those who may need additional assistance. Because of this, Pennyrile Electric also participates in TVA EnergyRight’s Home Uplift program to help assist some of the most vulnerable members of the community.

Through the Home Uplift program, members who meet income qualifications can receive an energy audit and customized home energy upgrades to help make their homes more efficient and lower their power bills. Home Uplift helps these customers in many ways that improve their quality of life beyond lowering their bills, including better health. It also provides seniors with the opportunity to remain in their home and community comfortably and safely. So far, four homes in the Pennyrile Electric service area have benefitted from TVA Energy Right’s Home Uplift program.

Although most in the service area are residential members, there are also over 5,000 commercial and industrial members. Ongoing economic development and industry incentives are an important focus for Pennyrile Electric. In fact, in 2020, the partnership between Pennyrile Electric and TVA helped to bring in new industry that led to more than 1,700 new jobs. Community Energy is not just about reliable, efficient power. It also means creating jobs to help ensure a strong and stable community and a healthy local economy.

Our energy has fueled progress in our region since 1933. See the ways it's helping shape our future.

Resources for Your Home, Business and Life

Our partnership makes helpful programs like these possible.

Economic Development

Pennyrile Electric works with TVA Economic Development to attract new companies and bring more jobs to the area and help existing businesses and industries grow in a sustainable way.

Recently, PJ Clark Lumber LLC, a producer of lumber for the residential construction market, announced plans to locate operations in Cadiz, Kentucky. Plans for the project include creating 35 new jobs and investing $5 million in the Trigg County facility. In addition to Pennyrile Electric and TVA, economic development partners include Southwestern Kentucky Economic Development Council and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.

TVA Economic Development serves the seven states that make up the TVA service area—almost all of Tennessee and parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia and Kentucky. TVA partnerships with other economic development organizations, help to foster capital investment and job growth in the region.

Discover all the resources designed to help you manage your energy use and boost your bottom line.

Economic Development


Pennyrile Electric was proud to award TVA STEM grants to South Todd Elementary School during the 2018-2019 school year and Lewisburg 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.


Pennyrile Electric 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, 78 customers in the Pennyrile Electric service area have participated so far this year in TVA EnergyRight programs.

Community Energy - Residential


Pennyrile Electric 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.