Good morning, Nashville. The TVA is starting up a new program in April to sell electricity to distributors at rates that vary throughout the day, meaning that once NES adopts the system, we could pay higher rates around peak hours during the day and lower rates at night. This system is intended to encourage us to conserve electricity during the hours when we typically use it the most. The downside is that new equipment would be required to monitor our usage in real time, and bills could actually go up if we don’t change our usage habits.
- Checking in with East Tennessee. Although our area managed to dodge most of the flooding last week, TEMA is surveying lots of damage in the counties around the Cumberland Plateau to determine whether or not to declare it a disaster area.
- Appraisals begin. Metro is beginning to appraise the flood-damaged properties that are being considered for the buyout program, which is a program in which FEMA and Metro buy up properties that are likely to flood again. Homeowners probably won’t know how much they can get for another year.
- Bits & pieces. Someone sent an anonymous postcard to an Hispanic Nashville family expressing support for the Arizona immigration law … Nashville and Charlotte are battling for the title of the New South’s #2 city (#1 is still Atlanta) … TSU decided to give their football team the day off to go play at Wave Country because it’s so stinkin’ hot outside, but we’re sharing this article mostly for the accompanying picture … Thankfully this week is looking a little cooler and not quite as stormy … Three words: Monday Night Football.
Photo by Nathan T. Baker.
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