White steps down as EPB superintendent


By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



Robert White, the general manager and superintendent of the Russellville Electric Plant Board, told the Board of Directors last week 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. “This is easily the most rewarding job I’ve ever had.”

White has served the EPB in this capacity since May 2013 and has been 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 will be December 31st. At last night’s monthly directors meeting, a search committee was selected to immediately begin the process to select the next general manager.

White, who before moving to Russellville was a lifelong resident of Johnson City, Tenn., replaced Larry Willcutt over two years ago.

White began his career with the Johnson City Power Board in 1984 as a meter reader, soon after he graduated from high school. While working there, he completed his undergraduate work at East Tennessee State University with a BBA in operations management and earned his MBA from Milligan College in Tennessee. He has also completed the course work to earn the distinction as a Tennessee Valley Public Power Associtation Certified Power Executive along with other courses offered by TVPPA and the American Power Association.

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.

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By OJ Stapleton

ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact OJ Stapleton, email ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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