EPB hires new general manager

By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com

The Russellville Electric Plant Board has hired a new general manager to replace Robert White.

Dale Vowell will begin serving as General Manager on August 1,2016, Vowell has been employed by the Hickman Electric Plant Board for the past twenty-seven years and brings lots of experience to his new position.

“After an extensive search, we have found the ideal person to fill our vacancy,” said Danny Coffey, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Dale will join a strong management team already in place at the Electric Plant Board.”

Vowell and his wife, Sidney, will be moving to Russellville soon. They have six children, Josh Garrity, Caleb Garrity, Emily Garrity, Michael Vowell, Tyler Vowell, and Megan Vowell. They have two grandchildren, Ember Garrity and Michaela Vowell.

Vowell is very active in the local community and is anxious to get to know the citizens of Russellville. A public reception will be held at the EPB offices in the near future to meet him.

Vowell replaces White who told the Board of Directors in November that he would be resigning after taking the position of Vice President of Communications and Member Services at the Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation headquartered in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

“This was a very difficult decision to make because I have really enjoyed living in and serving the customers in Russellville and Logan County,” White said when he resigned. “This is easily the most rewarding job I’ve ever had.”

White had served the EPB in this capacity since May 2013 and was instrumental in touting the EPB’s world class broadband fiber services and deploying the EPB’s new Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI).

White’s last day with the EPB was December 31st. White, who before moving to Russellville was a lifelong resident of Johnson City, Tenn., replaced Larry Willcutt.

The Electric Plant Board of the City of Russellville, Kentucky, was created by City ordinance, dated July 7, 1942. The Board was established for the purpose of owning and operating all properties, real, personal, and mixed, tangible or intangible, acquired or used or held for use in connection with the Tennessee Valley Authority as of June 30, 1942.

The Russellville Electric Plant Board is a municipal electric power distributor that serves the electrical needs of customers in the vicinity of Russellville with 103.7 miles of line with approximately 39 customers per mile. It began providing wireless Internet service to the greater Russellville area in 2006 and expanded its broadband services to video, telephone and high-speed data service in 2011. It currently serves approximately 4,300 electric customers and more than 1,400 broadband customers.

The Russellville Electric Plant Board purchases its electric energy from the Tennessee Valley Authority under an all-requirements power contract. The REPB has various contracts with video providers, a private phone wholesaler, and Internet gateways. The Board, once appointed, is autonomous but makes an annual report to the City’s governing body. As a municipal utility in Kentucky, the Electric Plant Board is not subject to the state’s Public Service Commission. The EPB’s electric service is regulated by the TVA according to the terms and conditions of its current Power Contract.

By OJ Stapleton


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