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

Community Energy—In Springfield, 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

Appalachian 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

Economic Development and Energy Upgrades

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

Nestled along the Cumberland River, among the rolling hills of the northern border of Middle Tennessee, Springfield is an agricultural community located in Robertson County. The area is continuing to grow due to its proximity to Nashville, along with an increase in local manufacturing.

Jessica Thoms, Energy Service Advisor for Springfield Electric (SED) says SED partners with TVA on a variety of programs and initiatives to support both residents and businesses in the Springfield community.

In December 2020, Electrolux Home Products announced a $300 million expansion to their Springfield cooking appliances facility, which produces wall ovens and freestanding gas and electric ranges. The expansion plans include a new plant, a 60-foot-wide underground tunnel, and a new warehouse. The new plant will also include an R&D facility to produce new innovations in cooking.

As of June 2021, the warehouse has opened and the new factory is expected to begin operations later in 2021. The company predicts that the warehouse will help to reduce the company’s carbon footprint by cutting 10,500 18-wheeler truckloads from the road each year. Thoms says SED is proud to partner with TVA to provide affordable and reliable power to support this expansion.

SED also participates in TVA EnergyRight programs to offer residential customers solutions to help save money on their electric bills and make their homes more energy-efficient. From low interest, fixed-rate loans with no money down to purchase high-efficiency electric heat pumps to energy upgrade home evaluations, participating customers have several options available to them to make energy upgrades to their homes.

To help all customers save money on their power bills, SED recently began partnering with TVA’s Home Uplift program, which provides energy upgrades to qualifying customers. Thoms says the team at SED was thrilled to help their first Home Uplift participant, Emma Hyde, whose 60-year-old home desperately needed new windows and attic insulation. Thanks to the Home Uplift program, new windows were installed and the insulation was replaced.

Energy upgrades through the Home Uplift program help senior residents like Mrs. Hyde to remain safely and comfortably in their homes and neighborhoods. Thoms sums up SED’s commitment to their customers, “Making all our customers feel like they matter is important to us.”

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Resources for Your Home, Business and Life

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Economic Development

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

In December 2020, Electrolux Home Products announced a $300 million expansion to their Springfield facility, which produces wall ovens and cooking ranges.

The plans include a new plant, a 60-foot-wide underground tunnel, and a new warehouse. The warehouse has opened and the new factory is expected to begin operations later in 2021.

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.

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Economic Development

Schools

Springfield Electric was proud to award TVA STEM grants to Springfield Middle School during the 2018-2019 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.

 

Residential

Springfield 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.

SED also assisted our first customer in the SED service area in 2021 with energy efficiency upgrades through TVA EnergyRight’s Home Uplift program.

TVA EnergyRight’s Home Uplift helps families with limited means achieve a better home life by making energy upgrades that not only save money on their monthly bills, but also improve their quality of life.

Limited-income customers often reside in residences that are older and less energy efficient, which typically means higher power bills. Comfortable, safe living conditions help reduce colds and sickness and help seniors to age in place in their homes.

Currently, TVA EnergyRight’s Home Uplift program is available in select areas with plans to offer it more broadly across the Valley in the future.

Community Energy - Residential

Reliability

Springfield Electric 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