Duck River EMC & TVA Present Nissan Decherd With Reimbursement for the Plant 1 Mist Collector Energy Efficiency Project

Nissan's Decherd Powertrain Manufacturing plant recently completed an energy efficiency project that was jointly supported by Duck River EMC and Tennessee Valley Authority as part of TVA's Major Industrial Program.  The project, focused on the engine machine facility, reduced the electricity consumed by 43 mist collectors. Learn more.

Representatives from Duck River Electric Membership Corporation present Nissan Decherd with a reimbursement check for 70 percent of the Plant 1 mist collector energy efficiency project.  Pictured from left, are Rick Youngblood, director of Plant 1 Powertrain Manufacturing; Gary Edwards, vice president, Powertrain and Battery Manufacturing; Patrick Hannah, Decherd district manager; Teresa Sampson, key accounts coordinator; Nathan Payne, energy engineer;  Richard Russell, senior energy engineer.

Good news keeps coming in DREMC service area
By Michael Watson, President & CEO 

The Marshall County Tribune newspaper last month splashed a banner headline across the front page about growth: "Chapel Hill booming!" The article dealt with a subdivision that could add 193 households to this rural community where a surprising amount of growth already has been logged.


In Maury County, activity on the industrial, commercial and residential fronts has bounced back, the result of energetic economic development efforts at the local level and ramped-up production at the General Motors complex.


Great Lakes Cheese recently started operations at a 330,000-sq.-ft. packaging plant in the Manchester Industrial Park. The company, which ships cheese across the Southeast, could employ up to 200.


In Shelbyville, the city and Bedford County have committed to the development of a new commerce and business park, a step forward in bringing jobs to the area. Learn more.

Tennessee Valley Authority Provides Incentives 

New electric forklift incentive available from TVA 

There are nearly 1 million forklifts in the United States. Companies have found these labor-saving devices to be an integral part of their business operations.  

Many of the forklifts used today run on diesel or propane, which increases fuel costs and adds pollutants to the air. A new Tennessee Valley Authority program gives businesses a $2,000 incentive to replace an internal combustion forklift with an energy-efficient electric one. 

The forklift replacement program is open to all TVA-served businesses, including Duck River EMC members. Learn more.

DREMC links manufacturers with TVA programs 


DREMC encourages its manufacturers to take advantage of TVA's Valley Incentive Programs (VIP) that are designed to promote economic development. 


The Investment Credit program has been successful in our service area over the past three years.  Six of DREMC's manufacturing members are currently receiving credits through this program. 


Participation requirements for existing manufacturers include planned capital investments of at least 25 percent of the plant's book value over a period of five consecutive years and a metered demand of at least 250 kW.  Learn more.


Touchstone Energy & Tennessee electric cooperatives sponsor the Chapel Hill Lions Club Super Pull of the South July 24 & 25

Mark your calendars for July 24-25, when Touchstone Energy and Tennessee's electric cooperatives join forces to support the Chapel Hill Lions Club Super Pull of the South. Touchstone, a brand that represents more than 750 member-owned electric cooperatives including Duck River Electric Membership Corp., is sponsoring the event for the third year in a row, this time with an assist from the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association (TECA).
TNECD Announces Sixth Round of Select Tennessee Certified Sites 

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced the next three Select Tennessee Certified Sites. The Select Tennessee program was
launched in June 2012 with the goal of helping Tennessee communities prepare available sites for investment and expansion. The program sets a consistent and rigorous standard upon which companies can rely in making critical location decisions. To date, 37 greenfield sites have been certified.  Learn more.
Duck River EMC Celebrates Opening of Chapel Hill Service Center 

Duck River EMC proudly celebrated the opening of the Chapel Hill service center on Friday, May 22. A ribbon cutting was held at 10 a.m. Hot dogs, drinks, popcorn, information displays, program sign-ups and building tours were part of the daylong event aimed at thanking the community and co-op membership for supporting the expansion into Chapel Hill. Learn more.

Duck River EMC Has Donated 148 Kill A Watt™ Meters to Area Libraries 

Duck River EMC donated Kill A Watt™ Meters to the Franklin County elementary schools on Tuesday, May 19. The Kill A Watt™ Meters can be used to determine how much energy electronic devices consume each month. Over 100 meters have been donated to local schools, county libraries, and teachers. Learn more.

Communication is key at DREMC

By Key Accounts Coordinator Teresa Sampson 


Keeping our members in the loop about DREMC programs and services, energy efficiency, outages and economic development is vital.  In an effort to do this, DREMC has established several avenues of communication with our members. 

We have Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram accounts that provide members with information about safety and energy tips, local events, and the Co-op Connections© Discount card program. 

Economic Development 


The economic environment seems to be improving in light of recent announcements in DREMC's service area and surrounding communities.  DREMC strives to promote economic development to enhance the quality of life for our members.  As part of this endeavor, we partner with TVA and USDA to provide economic development incentives, loans and grants to new and expanding industry.  Learn more about some of the recent announcements in our service area.

Community Commitment 

Duck River EMC and our employees are very involved in the communities in which we serve.  We live and work here, so we have a vested interest in giving back and helping to make our communities a better place to live and work.  Here are just a few of the areas in which DREMC and its employees have made a difference in the local communities in the past several months.

Project Help

Project Help allows Duck River EMC members to contribute each month to those having financial difficulty paying their electric bills. Add a dollar or more to your monthly bill and help your neighbors in need. You may also contribute with a one time donation. Learn more.

Co-op Connections® Card Program 

Being a co-op member has its privileges. As a member of Duck River EMC, a Touchstone Energy cooperative, you get discounts on products and services from participating local and national businesses. The Co-op Connections® DREMC Membership Card is absolutely free. Learn more.

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