Glasgow Electric Plant Board’s superintendent plans to attend the Tennessee Valley Authority’s board of directors’ first meeting so he can meet the newest members appointed to the board.

“I have great hope that they will bring a new and independent thought process to TVA and that part of the process will be a decision to help Glasgow and the other distributors who have given TVA notice to leave peacefully by granting us the transmission access we need,” William Ray, EPB superintendent, said.

EPB gave TVA a five-year notice in December 2003 that it would be leaving in 2008. The primary reason behind EPB officials’ decision to break its tie with TVA is the increasing cost of power.

EPB officials have been negotiating with representatives of EnviroPower, a Houston-based company, about becoming its next power supplier. EnviroPower is interested in building a coal-fired power plant in Knott County, and is looking for distributors like EPB.

TVA’s new board members will be sworn in on March 31 at TVA headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn.

One of the board’s first orders of business will be to select a chairman, and then launch a search for TVA’s first chief executive officer. The CEO will assume day-to-day management of the country’s largest public utility while directors take a more hands-off role, an Associated Press article said.

The new members are: Donald DePriest of Columbus, Miss.; Susan Williams and William Sansom of Knoxville; Howard Thrailkill, of Huntsville, Ala.; Robert “Mike” Duncan, of Inez, Ky.; and Dennis Bottorff, of Nashville, Tenn.

They will join current Chairman Bill Baxter and board member Skila Harris.

President Bush has yet to nominate a ninth candidate to the board under a restructuring plan pushed since 1997 by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and adopted finally by Congress in late 2004, the article said.

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