BrightRidge honored by TVA for investment in energy saving programs


For immediate release 6/1/23

JOHNSON CITY – BrightRidge was honored at is regular Board of Directors meeting this week with the 2022 Investing in Our Future Award from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for its exceptional efforts to support eleven local schools in TVA EnergyRight’s School Uplift program.

“Our Energy Services personnel are constantly looking for ways to return value to our customers,” BrightRidge CEO Jeff Dykes said Wednesday. “Working together with TVA as trusted energy advisors for education, business, industry and our residents is what sets BrightRidge and TVA apart from the competition.”
According to TVA, The Investing in Our Future Award honors a local power company that has demonstrated a strong commitment to TVA EnergyRight programming that serves its local youth, community and businesses.

BrightRidge enrolled eleven Washington County Schools into the School Uplift program in 2022, supporting each school with monthly ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager updates and providing giveaway items for school family nights and energy workshops. BrightRidge also aided three schools in their evaluation for ENERGY STAR certification.

“Schools are the heartbeat of our communities and BrightRidge has shown an outstanding commitment to their community’s youth,” said Cindy Herron, vice president, TVA Energy Services & Programs. “Their partnership in support of School Uplift will enable participating schools to lower their energy bills while creating brighter, safer classrooms and freeing up funds for what is most important – educating children.”

BrightRidge was also recognized among 153 local power companies served by TVA as a Top Performer in four EnergyRight program categories in FY22:

  • First place – Business & Industry Energy Upgrade Projects with 18 energy projects
  • Second place – Total Energy Savings from EnergyRight Programs with 3,36 million kWh saved
  • Fourth place – Home Uplift with 305,155 kWh of energy saved from 99 homes uplifted
  • Fifth place – DIY Home Energy Assessment with 87,203 kWh of energy saved from 97 participants

To learn more about how BrightRidge is using EnergyRight programs to benefit their community at


About TVA

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving nearly 10 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.

About BrightRidge

BrightRidge is a publicly owned electric utility serving 83,671 customers in Washington, Sullivan, Carter and Greene counties. It is the 10th largest local power company in the Tennessee Valley Authority service area. BrightRidge Broadband, a division of BrightRidge, offers nation-leading 10GB symmetrical fiber-to-the-premise services to more than 30,000 locations in its service area.