Safe, reliable, and affordable electricity and innovation

MTE began more than 80 years ago to electrify a few hundred rural homes, farms, and towns and has evolved to become one of the largest electric cooperatives in the country. Our territory serves hundreds of thousands of middle Tennesseans with an electric system spanning thousands of miles. Our engineering team's responsibility is to design and expand our system to provide affordable, reliable, and safe electricity as we continue to grow. They lead the way to find innovations to improve the quality of our electricity in addition to planning service lines, substations, power plants, and infrastructure upgrades.

Our engineering team serves our members by researching and experimenting with new energy technology to make your life better. As a trusted energy advisor and provider, we know our members are looking to invest in new electrical technology like solar, battery storage, and electric vehicles. If you have questions, give us a call or send us a message. We're here to help and serve our members as they navigate the ever-changing energy landscape.

Engineering Resources

As the trusted energy provider for thousands of members, MTE is committed to providing them affordable, safe, and reliable electricity. Our engineering team uses federal, state, and local guidelines in combination with industry best practices in our efforts to fulfill this mission. We've created standards and guidelines to help our builders, contractors, and other vendors navigate the rules and regulations around the construction of homes and businesses. These are updated regularly, so please check back frequently to ensure you're project is meeting the current standards. If you have any questions, our engineering team is available to answer your questions and address any concerns.

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Middle Tennessee Electric is undertaking a significant long-term infrastructure upgrade to better meet our members’ current and future needs. This improvement involves creating a ‘Smart Grid’ using the latest electric distribution technology to increase reliability and power quality while reducing and shortening outages. As we implement Smart Grid, we've started answering some frequently asked questions our members have about the technology. 

Learn about Smart Grid

Middle Tennessee Electric is a local electric cooperative and exists to provide services to make your life better. One service we provide to members is the installation and maintenance on outdoor lights. We offer a few options for both street and yard lights depending on the situation and placement.

Members looking for information or wanting to install an outdoor light at their residence or business can contact us for information specific to their situation. Every installation is dependent on several factors including but not limited to:

  • Distance from existing electrical line
  • Equipment or pole requirements
  • HOA or government restrictions

Don’t worry. We’re here to help you find the answers you need. We've compiled some answers to frequently asked questions to get you started, but don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to speak to someone directly about your specific request.

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Need to speak to someone?

Our Contact Center can quickly direct your call to the right engineering team member to handle your question, concern, or situation. Give them a call at 877-777-9020.

You can also send our engineering team a message using the contact form.