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February 9, 2017
Looking to make energy efficiency improvements to your home?

Choose a TVA-qualified contractor for your heating/cooling and energy efficiency improvements.  The following companies have met the VEC and TVA requirements necessary to be part of the TVA Quality Contractor Network.  We are proud that they are our partners! A – Team Heating & Cooling Insulation Unlimited Inc Action Heating & Cooling Inc J & Read More

January 10, 2017
2017 Pole Inspections

1/10/2017  Crews from our contractor, Power Pole Maintenance Company, will be in the Vandever, Brewer, and Lantana road area in Cumberland County performing power pole inspections. Crews will consist of 2 to 6 members in pickup trucks and possibly ATV four wheelers. These inspections will allow us to identify poles that may need replacement, as Read More

December 20, 2016
VECustomers Share Board Directs $35,000 to Tornado Relief

The VECustomers Share Board made a rare decision at their December meeting to direct all donations available for distribution to assist the victims of the tornadoes that hit McMinn and Polk counties in the early morning hours of November 30th. “Like so many in the area, the VECustomers Share Board wanted to pitch in and Read More

November 30, 2016
After the Storm – VEC at Work

Volunteer Energy Cooperative crews along with several contract crews from Service Electric and MPS rolled into the Benton and Athen’s areas to begin the process of repairing poles, transformers, and downed power lines. This work is ongoing and will continue over the next few days.  Below are a few photos from both Benton and McMinn.

Storms rolling through the VEC service area

Like our facebook page at Volunteer Energy Cooperative for the latest updates on the power outages and the restoration process and/or download the SmartHub app on your smartphone at the app store to view the most current outages and to report your outage. Crews continue to work through the night and this morning. As of 6:30 Read More

November 28, 2016
Safety Around Powerlines

Severe weather happens year-round. Tornadoes, winter ice storms, and other weather events can seriously damage power lines and other electrical equipment. Storm damage causes dangers that lurk after a storm has passed. When you see power lines on the ground following a storm, stay away, warn others to stay away and contact the electric utility. Read More

November 3, 2016
Pall Mall Veteran’s Day Weekend Program November 11-13

Pall Mall will be holding a Veterans Day Weekend program at the Sergeant Alvin C. York State Historic Park. There will be events from 11:00 am on Friday the 11th, through Sunday the 13th. There will be living history programs, WW1 airplanes flying over, a screening of Sergeant York Movie,  And a World War 1 Vintage Read More

October 10, 2016
Improving the Infrastructure and Increasing Capacity

VEC is continually looking to improve our ability to provide reliable power to our members.  Volunteer Energy Crews have worked over the last few weeks to replace the Jamestown transformers with new transformers with larger capacities.  The smaller transformers will be repurposed for a new substation in another location.  Upgrading equipment to meet capacity demands Read More

October 4, 2016
Communications to the VEC Benton Service Area Office will be temporarily interrupted 10/4/2016

Due to maintenance that is scheduled on the VEC fiber optic network, communications to the VEC Benton Office will be temporarily interrupted this afternoon. This interruption will affect the phone lines to the Benton Office only. The outage is scheduled to start today, October 4th, at 3:00pm ET. It will last for approximately two hours. Read More

October 1, 2016
Tennessee Valley Authority Rate Increase Reflected On Billings Starting Oct. 1

  The Tennessee Valley Authority released a seasonal rate increase that will see Volunteer Energy Cooperative customers’ bills increase 1.5 percent. A residential customer, using 1500 kilowatt-hours, will see their bill increase approximately $2.46 total. This increase is a direct pass through of the TVA increase and does not reflect an increase to the customer Read More