External Relations

Community Relations

At Big Rivers, we are committed to being a leader in corporate responsibility and that’s why we embrace the diversity of the communities we serve in western Kentucky. It is our responsibility and one of our core values to act as a good corporate citizen in the communities where we live and work.  That’s why Big Rivers, along with its three distribution Member-Owners ( Jackson Purchase Energy Corporation, Kenergy Corp., and Meade County Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation), promote proactive involvement in community, civic and philanthropic activities, as that is a primary principal among electric cooperatives.  To maintain our involvement in the community, we work diligently with civic and governmental organizations at the local, regional and state level to provide our expertise and resources to help the communities we serve in western Kentucky. Economic Development Big Rivers seeks to attract new corporate investment by working with local, state and national economic development organizations to facilitate expansion and economic growth in western Kentucky. We maintain an active presence in economic development by supporting strategic partners that promote economic investment and job growth in our region.  Along with our three distribution Member-Owners, we provide a variety of technical support services to help expanding and new companies grow their business.  In addition, we offer an extremely competitive economic development incentive rate for large and expanding industries, which provides a 90 percent reduction in kW billing demand.  If you are interested in learning more about our economic development incentive rate, please contact our economic development team at job.growth@bigrivers.com. Legislative Affairs and Governmental Relations We believe that public policy engagement is an important and appropriate role for Big Rivers; therefore, we actively monitor and react to legislative issues impacting our business, the Member-Owners and the electric industry as a whole. By sharing governmental relations outreach with East Kentucky Power Cooperative, the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives (KAEC) and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), we have been able to establish effective procedures for monitoring legislative bills of interest to Big Rivers and its Member-Owners.  As a not-for-profit electric generation and transmission cooperative that is owned by the people we serve, our number one priority is to be an advocate for our consumers while staying abreast of legislation that could negatively impact our Member-Owners consumers’ rates and reliability. Member Relations Big Rivers and its three Member-Owners have a long history of helping consumers use energy more wisely by providing assistance to make homes, businesses and industries more energy efficient. We continue to develop and employ energy efficiency programs and a demand-side management philosophy in concert with our Member-Owners, including participation in potential Smart Grid initiatives. We evaluate present and future shared services that yield improved benefits to end-use consumers through economies of scale.  These efforts ensure that we provide cost-effective services desired by our Member-Owners. Below is a list of the energy efficiency programs offered by Big Rivers and its Member-Owners to help consumers with energy smart solutions:
  • Residential High Efficiency Lighting Replacement Program
  • ENERGY STAR® Clothes Washer Replacement Program
  • ENERGY STAR® Refrigerator Replacement Program
  • Residential High Efficiency Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Program
  • Residential Weatherization Program
  • Touchstone Energy® New Home Program
  • Residential and Commercial HVAC & Refrigeration Tune-Up Program
  • Commercial / Industrial High Efficiency Lighting Replacement Program
  • Commercial High Efficiency Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Program
  • High Efficiency Outdoor Lighting Program
  For more information regarding energy efficiency programs, please visit the link to our Member-Owners’ websites. Jackson Purchase Energy Kenergy Corporation Meade County RECC