Related agencies

Middle Tennessee Electric is not only recognized as a leader in our community, but, with related agencies, has a substantial impact across the state and nation. The organizations listed below will give you further information for understanding our electric cooperative industry.


The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is a federal agency created in 1933 to supply power and other services to the seven-state Tennessee Valley region. In addition to supplying power, TVA has regulatory powers in rate-making and other jurisdictional arrangements with the electrical distributors. TVA generates all power within the seven-state region and resells through 159 distributors of which MTEMC is the fifth largest.

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is a federal agency and part of the Agriculture Department created in 1935 to act as a lending agency to provide funds for electric systems such as MTEMC. RUS makes available funds on a 35-year mortgage for the electric systems to extend their lines for new services. RUS will not loan money for operation of the system or for system maintenance.

The Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) is a private organization created by the cooperatives across the country to supply supplemental lending and long-term capital needs.

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is the national organization of 1,020 electric cooperatives across the country. NRECA furnishes several services to the cooperatives including federal legislative contacts, training seminars, insurance and retirement programs.

The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association (TECA) is the state organization of the 23 electric cooperatives within the state of Tennessee. It furnishes various services to the cooperatives including legislative contacts, publishing the Tennessee Magazine, and other state coordinated activities.

The Tennessee Valley Public Power Association (TVPPA) is the seven-state TVA region organization of all 159 distributors of TVA power, both cooperatives and municipals. TVPPA negotiates with TVA on behalf of its members and furnishes research and development programs and training seminars.

The Action Committee for Rural Electrification (ACRE) is the political action arm of NRECA and furnishes lobbying expertise on the national level. No corporate funds can be used to support ACRE. All members of the Board of Directors and all management-level employees at MTEMC, as well as other employees, are members of the ACRE organization.

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is the national research and development organization of all electric distributors, including cooperative, municipal and investor-owned systems. EPRI is engaged in numerous research and development projects, the results of which are available to the electric utility industry.

The Middle Tennessee Industrial Development Association (MTIDA) was formed by municipal and cooperative distributors in the central part of the state to furnish industrial recruitment service to member systems. It prepares brochures and conducts recruitment trips and meetings with industry prospects.