Our Story

The Jackson Energy Authority is the direct successor of the Jackson Utility Division, born from a heritage of service of individual utilities dating from the late 1800’s that collectively served Jackson, TN. While the city of Jackson was founded in 1822, its first utility, a manufactured gas service for streetlights, commercial and residential lighting, did not begin until 1871. By the end of the 19th Century, electric power and a public water and wastewater system developed.

With a private act of the Tennessee Legislature, the Water, Natural Gas and Electricity utilities combined in 1959, becoming the City-owned Jackson Utility Division. Clean water requirements would add wastewater treatment in the 1960’s. At the request of Jackson Utility Division, the Tennessee Legislature approved an act that modernized its corporate structure and Jackson Utility Division then became Jackson Energy Authority.

In addition to offering electricity, natural gas, propane, water, and wastewater services, communication demands moved Jackson Energy Authority into offering telecommunications services. In 2004 we set out to build a broadband network designed to serve the rapidly expanding telecommunications needs of our customers well into the future. Tennessee’s first fiber-to-the-home telecommunications system, EPlus Broadband, was born.

As one of the nation’s largest and most advanced fiber optic broadband networks, the EPlus Broadband community-owned network delivers an extraordinary level of service and value to customers. The fiber optic network provides cable TV, high speed Internet, and telephone services to our customers. Collective utilities have improved the quality of life in our community and provided the foundation for Jackson, Tennessee’s commercial and industrial development.

From substations, operation and distribution centers and infrastructure to treatment plants, pumping stations and other locations, Jackson Energy Authority has experienced much growth. Customer retail centers located in midtown at 351 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Drive and The Columns North at 2030 Pleasant Plains Extended offer greater conveniences to better serve our customers.

As a public utility, Jackson Energy Authority is one of very few public utilities in the United States offering customers all major utility services from one company. Our mission is to provide exceptional utility services that create value for our customers and our community.  

Our Leadership

The Leadership of Jackson Energy Authority consists of a Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice Presidents, Corporate Secretary, Group Vice Presidents and General Counsel.

Monte Cooper

President &
Chief Executive Officer


Our Board of Directors

Jackson Energy Authority is a public utility created under a private act passed by the Tennessee Legislature. That same private act also established a five-member Board of Directors to govern Jackson Energy Authority. The Board of Directors is appointed by Jackson’s Mayor and City Council and serves staggered five-year terms.

Board meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the Tennergy Center Conference Room located at 250 North Highland Avenue. The agenda for the JEA Board Meeting is available in the Resources section of this page. Public comments shall be limited to topics listed on the agenda. In order to speak during the public comment period, an individual must contact Jackson Energy Authority by calling 731-422-7202 before 12:00 pm on the business day before the scheduled meeting and provide his or her name and address.


Monte Jones
Pam Finney
Vice Chair


Bill Kipp
Dr. Logan Hampton
Andre Gist


Jackson Energy Authority Transitions to New Leadership

Press release announcing the naming of Monte Cooper as new Chief Operating Officer as part of a leadership transition.

Jackson Energy Authority Announces Leadership Changes

Press release announcing organizational changes following the leadership transition

Jackson Energy Authority Public Comments Policy

Policy for public comments at the monthly Board of Directors meeting.

Jackson Energy Authority Board Agenda

Agenda for the monthly Board of Directors meeting.