Welcome to the Union City Energy Authority web site! We hope you find the information on this site both helpful and informative.
We are a Tennessee municipal energy authority, created under the Tennessee Municipal Energy Authority Act. The Authority Board establishes our policies. The Board is comprised of 5 members, four of which are appointed by the Union City City Council on a staggered term and one member of the City Council.
Union City Energy Authority serves around 6500 electric and a growing number of fiber optic internet customers in the city of Union City and the surrounding areas. We are proud of the fact that we, in many ways, are on the cutting edge of technology, which allows us to supply our customers with reasonably priced, reliable electric power.
We have 21 employees that stand ready to serve you when the need arises. When outages happen, we have employees available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our employees have a good working knowledge of the system, can make repairs quickly and efficiently, and they answer our phones. They are always only a phone call away.
Union City Energy Authority serves a mixture of customers from homes to large industrial plants. We strive to keep our rates low and our service high. Just let us know if we can be of service to you.
UCES Becomes Union City Energy Authority
Effective the first of January, 2018, Union City Electric System has officially become Union City Energy Authority. Jerry Bailey, Manager of Union City Electric System, is the CEO of the new entity.
Other than a new logo and the name change, customers probably will never notice the difference. The Authority has the same board of directors, employees, buildings, trucks and rates. Since the Authority is now in a competitive business selling high-speed internet to commercial customers, there did not need to be any potential borrowing to present any risk to the city. Although not anticipated in the foreseeable future, creating the new entity will allow the Authority to borrow money for the internet or electric business without being a financial burden to the city. The change allows the city some arm's length from involvement in competitive areas like internet and removes perception that the city is competing in the broadband business. Also, it will be beneficial to have the ability to partner with private companies, which is not possible being part of the city.
This move will also make the entity more difficult to sell since it will require a referendum of the people. In order for the system to be in a competitive business such as fiber optic internet, the Authority needed to make sure it would be a stable business for the benefit of all the people in Union City. The City Council will still appoint the board, and if the system were to ultimately be sold, the assets would revert back to the city.