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About NES

Nashville Electric Service is one of the 12 largest public electric utilities in the nation, distributing energy to over 370,000 customers in Middle Tennessee. Since 1939, we have been committed to providing safe and reliable power in a financially responsible way.


Learn more about the history of NES.


Reliable Public Power Provider

NES has received the Reliable Public Power Providers (RP3) Diamond Award, the industry’s highest honor for safety and reliability, for the third straight time. Only four percent of all public utilities in the country have achieved this status. The American Public Power Association’s (APPA) RP3 program recognizes utilities that excel in offering a high level of service to the community and a model of safe and reliable utility operations.

Electric Power Board

NES is the official operating name for the Electric Power Board, whose five members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Metro Council to serve five-year staggered terms without pay. Click on photos below to email board members.

Irma Paz-Bernstein
Board Chair
Owner, Las Paletas
Robert Campbell, Jr.
Vice Chair
Partner, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis
Robert McCabe
Chairman, Pinnacle Financial Partners
Samuel Howard 
Chairman, Phoenix Holdings, Inc.
Carolyn W. Schott
Partner, Sherrard & Roe, PLC

2016 Board Meetings

2016 Committee Meetings

January 27

January 21      

February 24

February 18

March 23

March 17

April 27

April 21

May 25

May 19

June 22

June 16

July 27*

July 21

August 24

August 18

September 28

September 22

October 26

October 20

November 23

November 17

December 21

No Committee Meetings

All meetings will begin at 8 a.m. *The annual meeting of the Electric Power Board will be held immediately following the Civil Service Board meeting on July 27.

NES President & CEO 



Decosta Jenkins was appointed President and CEO in September 2004. He joined NES in 1991. Prior to that, Jenkins spent 11 years with Deloitte and Touche. Jenkins is a member and past treasurer of the Nashville Downtown Exchange Club and is board chairman of Samaritan Ministries/Project S.E.E. Jenkins serves on the boards of TN Rehabilitative Initiative in Correction, Goodwill Industries, Tennessee Valley Public Power Association, Nashville Bank & Trust, YMCA of Middle Tennessee, Salvation Army, and The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.