The forecast for this week is calling for some of the hottest temperatures yet across the entire region. TVA has requested that local power companies curtail energy usage at their facilities today (Tuesday) through Friday daily. Due to the peak power demands, voluntary energy use curtailments are requested, and here’s how you can help.
As a member of Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation, you know how to make smart energy choices that help you save money. But did you know that when you use electricity can be just as important as how much you use?
Throughout the day, energy use fluctuates based on consumer demand. Typically, most households use larger amounts of electricity in the morning when most people are getting ready for their day. In the evenings, people return from work, cook dinner, wash clothes, and watch television.
When people in our community are using more electricity at the same time is called “peak” hours. The cost for UCEMC to provide power is higher during these times because of the additional electricity demand.
By shifting some of your energy use to hours when demand is lower, also known as off-peak hours, you can save money on your energy bills and help keep rates lower for our community.
Here are a few easy ways you can shift energy use to off-peak hours:
Adjust your thermostat. During the summer months, raise the thermostat a few degrees during peak hours.
Wash full loads of clothes in cold water during off-peak hours.
Run the dishwasher right before you go to bed, or air-dry dishes by opening the dishwasher instead of using the heated dry cycle.
Turn off lights and electronics when not in use. (Try to make this a daily habit, whether during peak or off-peak hours.)
There are just a few examples of ways to save energy and money by making a few minor adjustments to your daily routine.
One of the things we love best about the Upper Cumberland is the natural beauty that surrounds us. We are fortunate to have so many trees that offer beauty, shade, and a habitat for all sorts of birds and other wildlife. We know that you appreciate our community for many of the same reasons.
At Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation, we strive to balance maintaining beautiful surroundings and ensuring a reliable power supply by keeping power lines clear in rights of way (ROW). UCEMC has recently approved the largest ROW budget in the co-op's history.
While we recognize and appreciate the beauty of trees, there are three main benefits to tree trimming in ROW areas. However, before touching on the main reasons, here's what a “right of way” is and how it may impact you. A right of way is the land we use to construct, maintain, replace or repair underground and overhead power lines. Rights of way enable the co-op to provide clearance from trees and other obstructions that could hinder the power line installation, maintenance, or operation. ROW areas are typically on public lands or located near a business or home. Regardless, UCEMC must be able to maintain the power lines above and below the ROW. The overall goal of our vegetation management program is to provide reliable power to our members while maintaining the beauty of our community. Proactive vegetation management benefits co-op members in three tangible ways.
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UCEMC NOTICE OF DIRECTORS TO BE ELECTED
In accordance with Article IV, Section 4.05 of the Bylaws of the Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation, hereinafter called “cooperative,” notice is given of three impending vacancies on the Cooperative’s Board of Directors due to expiring terms of three incumbent directors.
One incumbent directorate term will expire in District One and a directorate election will be held to fill the impending District One vacancy. Directorate District One consists of the areas served by the cooperative in DeKalb, Macon, Smith and Wilson Counties.
One incumbent directorate term will expire in District Two and a directorate election will be held to fill the impending District Two vacancy. Directorate District Two consists of the areas served by the cooperative in Putnam and White Counties.
One incumbent directorate term will expire in District Three and a directorate election will be held to fill the impending District Three vacancy. Directorate District Three consists of the areas served by the cooperative in Clay, Fentress, Overton and Pickett Counties.
Any member meeting the qualifications for director as specified in Article IV, Section 4.02, of the Cooperative’s Bylaws may petition to become a candidate for election to the Board of Directors. Any candidate for director must file a qualifying petition with the Secretary of the Cooperative, Alan Pippin, or with the Cooperative’s General Manager, Jennifer Brogdon, on or before June 13, 2021.
Request for information maybe made to any of the cooperative’s offices located at:
1794 West Broad Street, Cookeville, TN 38503; Tel. 800-261-2940
1085 N. Grundy Quarles Highway, Gainesboro, TN 38562; Tel. 800-261-2940
138 Gordonsville Highway, South Carthage, TN 37030; Tel. 800-261-2940
907 Main Street North, Carthage, TN 37030; Tel. 800-261-2940
All Qualifying petition forms and copies of the Cooperative’s Bylaws and the Board’s Policy Governing Directorate Election activities will be issued from UCEMC’s CorporateOffice, 907 Main Street North, Carthage, TN 37030.
A Credentials Committee, appointed, meeting, and acting in accordance with Article IV, Section 4.07 of the Cooperative’s Bylaws, will determine the eligibility of each petitioner to become a qualified candidate.
If required to comply with Article IV, Section 4.11 of the Cooperative’s Bylaws, a District Directorate Election will be held on Saturday, August 28, 2021 between the hours of 7:00 a.m.and 3:00 p.m.at the cooperative’s office in each directorate district.To accommodate member’s schedules, an additional election day will be held on Friday, August 27, 2021, between the hours of 7:00 a.m.and 3:00 p.m.at the cooperative’s office in each directorate district.