Electric rates going up slightly

COOKEVILLE — Customers of the Cookeville Electric Department will see a small rate increase later this fall.
The Cookeville City Council at its Thursday meeting voted to authorize the department to adjust its rate following a recent Tennessee Valley Authority rate increase.
“The TVA board of directors approved a wholesale rate change amendment at its Aug 21 meeting,” Cookeville Electric Director Tony Peek told the council.
That amendment means it now costs local utility departments like Cookeville’s 1.5 percent more to purchase that power from TVA.
Peek requested last night that the council consider increasing the city electric department rates by the same percentage.
“The increase will raise the average residential power bill by approximately $2 per month,” he said.
TVA is required to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, Peek explained, which means it needs to reduce its debt and cut its carbon emissions by 40 percent between 2005 and 2020.
In order to do so, TVA is shifting to more nuclear, natural gas and renewable power.
But the rate increase is necessary to help replace aging coal plants that are being incrementally shut down for the cleaner alternatives that will help meet EPA requirements.
The council on Thursday unanimously approved the rate increase.
Councilman Jim Woodford was absent.
Peek told the Herald-Citizen that the increase would take effect on Oct. 1 for Cookeville Electric customers.
“It will apply to meter readings that are made on or after Oct. 1, which means customers will be seeing it reflected in their November bills,” he said.
18 Sep 2015  Written by    Published in News


Our Mission at the Cookeville Electric Department is to provide the best quality power and the best customer service while keeping the price low and service interruptions to a minimum. CED has been and continues to be proactive in planning system improvements, implementing new customer service programs and collaborating with TVA to keep pace with an ever-changing and challenging environment.

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Most citizens within the Cookeville city limits are eligible for city electric service.  Service may be obtained along with water and gas services by visiting the customer service department located at city hall at 45 East Broad Street.  Please see the customer service department area of this website for more details on what is needed to obtain utility services.  There are a few citizens within our boundaries who may receive service from the Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation and they can be contacted at 931-528-5449.  If you are not sure which electric department services your home please contact the customer service department at 931-520-5214.

Tennessee One-Call System

The Cookeville Electric Department is a member of Tennessee One-Call System, Inc. which is funded by Member Utilities operating or maintaining underground facilities within the State of Tennessee.

Tennessee Code Ann. 65-31-101 requires anyone who engages in, or is responsible for, the planning or performance of any type of excavation to provide at least three working days advance notice to underground facility owners who may be affected by the excavation.

If any kind of excavation is going to be done you will need to contact Tennessee One-Call System at 1-800-351-1111.  
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Alternative Payment Methods

  • Budget Billing
    • Customers will know ahead of time what their electric bill will be each month by having their payment setup on Budget Billing.
  • Electronic Bank Drafts
    • Customers can have their monthly bill automatically deducted from their checking account.
  • Social Security List
    • Customers receiving social security payments can have their billing due date changed to the 5th of the month. For more information on any of these options you can call Cindy Middlebrook at (931) 520-5219 or email

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Let us know if you have medical equipment such as life support, oxygen, or kidney dialysis equipment so we can better serve your needs in emergency situations.  Call the main office at 931-526-7411 or contact Karen Brown at 931-520-5422 or