80+ Years of Powering Your Dreams

Join us this week as we recognize public utility employees across the Valley: those who work tirelessly to help power our homes, hospitals, schools and businesses.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said that "Usefulness, whatever form it may take, is the price we should pay for the air we breathe and the food we eat and the privilege of being alive.”

No better words could describe the mission of the 154 public utilities across the Tennessee Valley: they exist to be useful to the people.

Fortunately for the residents of the Tennessee Valley, thousands of public utility employees take Eleanor Roosevelt’s message to heart. Each day they put their usefulness to work, which can take many forms: the friendly voice solving a problem over the phone, a vegetation manager working to keep danger trees out of the transmission lines or perhaps the front line employee who works all night to get the electricity back on after a devastating storm.

Still, the true value of a public utility cannot only be measured by individual acts of service, but by the benefit the institution provides to lift up society as a whole. For over 80 years, TVA’s extraordinary public utility model has provided tremendous societal and economic benefits to our great region.

In the first half of this year, TVA, along with 154 local power companies and our state and local partners, helped attract or retain $6.1 billion of investment and at least 50,000 jobs in the Tennessee Valley through robust and cooperative economic development policies.

Public Utilities Give Back

The hallmark of a public utility is that every dollar spent on power bills is put back into supporting our customers. No money goes to pay shareholders.

As a public utility, TVA uses revenue to reinvest money to support communities by sponsoring programs such as Smart Communities, a program designed to reach lower-income residents to positively impact their lives by helping them improve their home’s energy efficiency.

Working together with our local power companies, TVA helps thousands of lower-income households in the Valley who often need help with their utility payments or weatherizing their homes.

Because TVA is a public utility, the company can invest $40 million in the Extreme Energy Makeovers projects to help those most at risk in their communities.

Assisting lower-income households with making their homes more energy-efficient is a problem that cannot be addressed by a single group or utility. It takes the efforts of many partners—at the charitable, government and utility level—to bring about the needed change in communities throughout the Valley.

One of those communities, Knoxville, is celebrating the success of the first year of its Extreme Energy Makeover program.

Recognizing Public Utility Efforts

Eleanor Roosevelt also said: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”

With TVA’s help the people of the Valley have had big beautiful dreams fulfilled for more than 80 years. The Valley has grown from a desperately poor area of the United States into a music capital, a transportation hub and the birthplace of America’s space program.

The Valley’s future is bright, and it is supported by the dedicated efforts of the employees of the 154 public utilities that make the Tennessee Valley a great place to live, work and play.

This week please join us in recognizing the public utility employees who work to power your dreams.

The Unified Development of the Tennessee River plan stressed TVA was to provide flood control, navigation and electricity for the region. TVAs dams are tangible evidence of its primary mission: improving life in the Tennessee Valley. We’re celebrating the plan with an in-depth look at 32 of the dams it comprises.