Nashville Electric Service
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Nashville Electric Service (NES), one of the12 largest public electric utilities in the U.S., began operations in August 1939. NES is the operating name of the Electric Power Board of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. The five-member board, appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the council, serves five-year staggered terms without pay, sets all policies and has full responsibility for the operation of NES.
NES does not generate power. All electrical energy distributed to customers is purchased from the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation's largest generator of electricity.
Although a non-profit business, NES contributes to the economic health of local governments. NES makes the largest tax equivalency payment to Metro Government, and also pays in lieu of taxes to all other city and county governments within its service area.