TVPPA COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates and Cancellations

Board, Advisory Group & Committee Meetings

The next Energy Program Advisory Group meeting is scheduled for September 2nd at 11 a.m. EST. A decision on whether that meeting will be held via conference call in the coming weeks. Any questions regarding the EPAG meeting can be directed to Brad Rains.

The Solar Advisory Group meeting planned for August 4th has been cancelled. The next meeting will be held virtually on September 1st at 11am. Any questions regarding the SAG meeting can be directed to Steve Noe.

A series of Rates & Pricing Committee meetings are scheduled for July 15th, August 6th and September 10th to discuss TVA’s proposed electric vehicle end-use wholesale public charging rate. The virtual meetings will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST and are open to all members. Requests for the webinar link should be sent to Jim Sheffield.

Conferences

All events below are subject to change. Please check back for updates.

The Engineering, Operations and Technology Conference, previously planned for August 19-21 as a hybrid event, has been rescheduled as a fully virtual event to be held November 4-5. Registrants for the August event should have a detailed email regarding the change in date and venue.

The Safety and Security Conference will continue as scheduled September 23-24 as a virtual event. Additional details are forthcoming.

The Accounting and Finance Conference is currently planned to continue as scheduled, October 21-23  in Pigeon Forge, TN, as an in-person event.

The Human Resources Management Conference and the Utility Cx Conference, scheduled for November 18-20 in Huntsville, AL, are currently planned to continue as an in-person event.

If you have any questions please message us at conferences@tvppa.com.

Education and Training

All technical and business development classes scheduled for March, April and May have been suspended with the intent to reschedule within the 2020 calendar year. Registrants will be notified of new class dates as soon as they are available.

Classes beginning June 1 or later remain as scheduled for now; we will reevaluate plans for these classes in the coming weeks.

Our Education & Training department has implemented safety procedures for all in-person classes and trainings. To read the full list of procedures, click here.

Please direct any questions to our Training Team.

TVPPA Office Updates

Following social distancing guidelines issued by public health experts, TVPPA staff began working remotely on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. TVPPA members can rest assured that while our staff work from the safety of their homes, we will continue to fully support our members.                              

Our commitment to supporting you during this, or any other crisis, includes helping you adapt to changing realities. As our membership seeks to navigate this new landscape, TVPPA will continue to provide access to the tools and resources you need to reach your goals. 

Meeting Plans & Travel Bans

TVPPA’s Education & Training, Conferences and other knowledge-sharing events are cornerstone services of our association. Through them, we offer valuable information that supports our members’ safe, effective and efficient operation of electric systems across the Valley. It’s a charge we take seriously, and that’s why we have carefully considered how to handle upcoming events.

We know the most effective means of information sharing is through in-person events. Still, with the introduction of the COVID-19 virus into our region, we have determined the most prudent course of action is to suspend some in-person interactions to prevent the spread of the illness. The safety and wellbeing of your team – and ours – is of the utmost importance to us.

Sharing Knowledge & Resources

For our members, “blue sky” preparation for a storm is standard operating procedure. But for most the need to prepare for a health epidemic and its potential impact on their workforce, their customers and their community is uncharted territory. That’s why TVPPA has created a repository of action plans/operational decisions and planning resources to enable our members to share plans and planning resources with other members for assistance in the development of their own plans. The Response Plan Repository can be found on the Member Menu after logging into the site.

Knowledge is power and we invite you to share with us any plans and resources you think will be most helpful to your peers.  Please send your materials to our Communications Team and contact Danette Scudder if you have questions or additional ideas for how we can best serve you at this time.