History of TMEPA
The Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association
formed as a loosely knit organization in 1966, primarily to negotiate a state
statute concerning the terms by which cities would acquire Rural Electric
Cooperative distribution facilities (electric) when their owning
municipalities annexed territory and expanded their city limits. Prior to
this time, these cities only representation was by the Tennessee Municipal
League (TML). TML represented all 350 plus incorporated cities which included 50%
that were served by Rural Electric Cooperatives; hence the difficulty in annexation
disputes and the need for a
organization. TML did not concentrate on the needs of the electric
systems. As such
TMEPA has expanded
to represent all the legislative needs
primarily in Nashville
but also in Washington, D.C.
which it coordinates with TML, TVPPA, APPA and other utility organizations.
TMEPA is governed by a thirteen-member Board of
Directors, chosen in staggered terms; three (3) from each of the main
divisions of the State and one (1) each from the four (4) largest members.
The term of each director is three years. From this governing body, a
President, President-Elect and Secretary-Treasurer are elected each year for
a 12-month period.
The 2012/2013 President is Steve
Sax of Murfreesboro Electric Department, Murfreesboro, TN. Brian Solsbee, Etowah Utilities Department, Etowah, TN is the
President Elect and Dana Jeanes, Memphis Light, Gas & Water is the
The Annual Meeting is usually held the second week
of July and its location is rotated from East to West to Middle Tennessee.
The 2012 Annual Meeting of the Members was at the Carnegie Hotel, Johnson
City, TN. The 2013 Annual Meeting will be back in West
Tennessee at the Peabody Hotel, Memphis, TN. Each year in February or March we have a Legislative
Rally and Reception in honor of the Members of the General Assembly.
The 2012 Rally & Reception was a remarkable
success. Our 2013 Rally & Reception will be February 26 at the
Hermitage Hotel, Nashville.
TMEPA represents 60
municipally owned electric systems in Tennessee which serve approximately 70% of our
state’s electric consumers and 75% of the power sold. The four
(4) largest (Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga) serve almost
1,140,000 of the nearly 2,192,000 municipal customers. Memphis is the largest with
just over 405,000 and Newbern the smallest at 1,745. The
Association exists to create the optimum environment in which city-owned
electric systems can serve the needs of their customer/owners.
TMEPA is a member of the American Public Power
Association (APPA) in Washington, D.C. and Tennessee Valley Public Power
Association (TVPPA) in Chattanooga. The current Executive Director is
Mike Vinson who was appointed on June 7, 2003. Mr. Vinson has over 40
years experience in the electric utility industry. The
Director of TMEPA was Tommy
served from the
was followed by Bill Moss,
who served from August 1, 1988 until his
retirement in August 2003.
Katie Hitt is the Director of Government Relations and the Executive Administrative Assistant is Susan Sherrill.