AEC Cares Information
AEC is proud to announce that it has partnered with the Tennessee Valley Authority to award
$30,000 to Douglas Cherokee Economic Authority to help the local service area during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
“We’re pleased to continue our efforts to help our members during this difficult time,” said, Greg Williams, General Manager of AEC. “Douglas Cherokee will be using this donation to provide energy vouchers, up to $100, for Co-op members who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic”
AEC has long partnered with Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority in each county the Co-op serves. This partnership leverages federal dollars for energy assistance and also manages local Project Deserve contributions from AEC members.
Funds from AEC are being matched by TVA’s COVID-19 Community Care Fund, which helps local power companies meet immediate needs in their communities by providing matching funds for local initiatives addressing hardships created by this pandemic.
“In the spirit of public power, we are honored to partner with AEC to address the unprecedented challenges facing those we serve,” said Jeannette Mills, TVA executive vice president and chief external relations officer. “TVA has a mission of service to make life better for the people of the Valley, and providing these funds to address immediate needs is one way we can help ease the burdens on families and communities.”
COVID Housing Assistance from Clinch Powell
Clinch Powell has received funding from the CARES Act through the State of TN for consumer assistance. The funding applies to mortgage, rent and utilities for consumers in Jefferson, Grainger Hamblen & Hawkins Counties. This funding will also address Trilight billing relief. If you or a family member has been affected by the COVID pandemic since March 1, 2020, please contact Clinch Powell at http://www.covidhousingassistance.com/
AEC Project Deserve
This program provides one-time vouchers, up to $75 for emergency energy assistance. The program is funded by Co-op members who contribute $1 or more, on their monthly electric bills to help their neighbor’s in need. You may request consideration of this program by contacting Douglas – Cherokee Economic Authority at 866-631-4120. Please consider helping others by your gifts of $1 or more.
TVA has issued a wholesale Pandemic Relief Credit to AEC in the amount of $1.5 million. Instead of keeping this wholesale credit to help offset lower-than-predicted kWh sales due to the economic downturn resulting from the pandemic, AEC's Board has approved passing along this break directly to our members. Beginning in October 2020, this will show up as a line item on your electric bill - designated as the "Pandemic Credit." A typical residential member will likely see a savings of around $26 for the year. Not a huge amount, but in these times, we know that every dollar matters. AEC is committed to the members we serve!