EPB Offers Recommendations to Improve Customers’ Indoor Air Quality and HVAC Efficiency

Chattanooga, TN (November 16, 2016) – As the smoke from wildfires in the Tennessee Valley continues to degrade air quality, EPB is recommending several ways customers can improve air quality inside their homes while ensuring that HVAC systems continue to perform efficiently. First, EPB recommends that all customers check and seriously consider …

EPB Fiber Optics Notifies Customers of Fi TV Channel Package Increase

 Chattanooga, TN (October 24, 2016) – Due to rising content costs, EPB Fiber Optics is notifying its customers of an increase in the price of television channel packages. The changes will take effect January 1, 2017 and will range from an additional $2 to $11. Internet and phone prices will …

EPB Welcomes Jeff Cornett to Oak Ridge National Laboratory Chattanooga Office

Chattanooga, TN (October 20, 2016) – EPB welcomed Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) new Chattanooga liaison, Jeff Cornett, during a day of roll-out events that included meetings with local elected officials, community leaders, and representatives from both existing industry and the entrepreneurial community. The opening of the new ORNL office follows reciprocal …

EPB Selects Construction Contractor for Solar Share Community Solar Project

Chattanooga, TN (September 23, 2016) After a competitive bidding process, EPB announced the selection of Tennessee Valley Alternative Energy to construct Solar Share, Chattanooga's first community solar power generation project. Solar Share, first announced on September 18, 2015, is a partnership between EPB and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to build a …

EPB Board Appoints David Wade as Chief Executive Officer

Chattanooga, TN (August 19, 2016) – The EPB Board of Directors has appointed David Wade to serve as the municipal utility’s Chief Executive Officer, effective September 1. Wade’s appointment follows the retirement of Harold DePriest, who has served as EPB's CEO since 1996. As part of the succession process, Wade was …

EPB Supports Local High Schools through Friday Night Rivals Series

Chattanooga, TN (August 19, 2016) – EPB announced its continued support of area high school academics and athletics through donations made in the memory of Bob Nolan during the 2016 Friday Night Rivals football series, seen on The CW Chattanooga beginning August 19. Nolan was the Creative Services manager at EPB …

EPB to Tennesseans: Your Voice is Path to Broadband Deployment

Chattanooga, TN (August 16, 2016) – While more than 800,000 Tennesseans currently cope without access to broadband connectivity (at least 25 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload), EPB encourages Tennessee neighbors to remain optimistic and make their voices heard about the future state of internet availability for all. Despite the Sixth Circuit Court …

Harold DePriest Announces Retirement from EPB

Chattanooga, TN (July 29, 2016) – After serving the Chattanooga area and EPB as the public utility’s top leader since 1996, Harold DePriest announced his retirement to the company’s Board of Directors effective September 1. According to EPB Board Chairman Joe Ferguson, DePriest has played a pivotal role for both EPB …

J.D. Power Consumer Study Gives EPB Highest Score in Region

Chattanooga, TN (July 29, 2016) – J.D. Power, a leading global consumer and marketing research organization, announced that EPB received the highest overall scores from customers for midsized utilities in the southern U.S region.  EPB’s overall customer satisfaction index of 737 exceeded the south region’s midsize utility segment average of 687. The J.D. …

EPB Encourages Customers to Participate in Environmentally-Friendly Services

Chattanooga, TN (April 28, 2016) – As EPB continues its year-round partnership with the community to practice environmental stewardship, Chattanooga’s publicly-owned provider of energy and fiber optic communications is encouraging customers to participate in value-added environmental services. By promoting awareness of these community assets, customers can engage in ongoing environmental efforts …

EPB requests proposals from contractors for Solar Share construction

Chattanooga, TN (April 15, 2016) EPB announced that it is advancing its Solar Share pilot project by seeking proposals from qualified contractors for the labor and materials needed to build the first of two community solar power generation facilities. First announced on September 18, 2015, Solar Share was created through a partnership …

EPB Recognized as Top Performer in TVA Energy Efficiency Programs

Chattanooga, TN (April 4, 2016) EPB received special recognition as a Top Performer from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for helping the agency exceed energy efficiency and demand response goals for the eighth straight year through the EnergyRight Solutions program.    “TVA is proud to recognize EPB because their leadership role in …

EPB Providing UTC Campus 10 gigabit Internet Access

Chattanooga, TN (March 24, 2016) – EPB, Chattanooga’s publicly owned provider of electric power and next-generation fiber optic communications, has partnered with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) to provide 10 gigabit Internet connectivity throughout the entire campus. The 10 gigabit service is available through 18,000 wired Ethernet ports and …

EPB Board Taps David Wade as President

Chattanooga, TN (February 19, 2016) – EPB’s Board of Directors has tapped David Wade, the municipal utility’s chief operating officer, to serve as president of EPB. Harold DePriest will continue as CEO. According to EPB Board Chairman Joe Ferguson, the move strengthens the EPB leadership team at a critical time. “David Wade …

Chattanooga’s Smart Grid Receives PEER Certification for Performance, Efficiency and Customer Value

Chattanooga, TN (January 12, 2016) – Chattanooga’s Smart Grid, operated by EPB, has become the first major power distribution system to earn Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) certification. Owned and administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), PEER is a comprehensive framework for defining, assessing and verifying the overall …

EPB Warns of Telephone and Door-to-Door Scams

Chattanooga, TN (October 28, 2015) – EPB is reminding the community to be aware of ongoing scams involving people impersonating EPB employees and their contractors. People continue to be targeted by telephone scams from callers posing as EPB employees or collection agents who inform them that their electric service will be …

Chattanooga Doctor Becomes First 10 Gig Residential Customer in the World

Chattanooga, TN (October 23, 2015) – Dr. Jim Busch, a radiologist and entrepreneur in Chattanooga, has become the first person in the world to have a 10 gigabit-per-second (10 Gig) residential Internet connection installed in his home. Dr. Busch, who is president of Diagnostic Radiology Consultants (DRC), has a frequent …

Chattanooga Implements World’s First Community-wide 10 Gigabit Internet Service

Chattanooga, TN (October 15, 2015) – Chattanooga, known as “Gig City” for being the first in the United States to build a community-wide fiber optic network capable of delivering 1 gigabit (1,000 Mbps) Internet speeds, announced today that municipal utility EPB Fiber Optics is now offering the world’s first 10 …

Professor Gig-A-Watt Leads New Era for EPB’s Play It Safe School Program

Chattanooga, TN (September 30, 2015) – Battle Academy’s third grade class, along with teachers, Superintendent Rick Smith and EPB, formally introduced Professor Gig-A-Watt to the community as a new era begins for the utility’s long-standing Play it Safe program in Hamilton County schools. Kelvin Boyd, aka Professor Gig-A-Watt, assumed the role …

EPB and TVA to Launch Solar Share

Chattanooga, TN (September 18, 2015) EPB is partnering with the Tennessee Valley Authority to launch Solar Share, a pilot program to construct 1.35 Megawatts of community-based solar power generation capacity. This groundbreaking initiative will be EPB’s first power generation project.  “Our community is already benefiting from having the most advanced Smart …

Economic Study Affirms Value of EPB Fiber Optics Network

Chattanooga, TN (September 15, 2015) – As EPB Fiber Optics celebrates its sixth birthday by serving 75,725 homes and businesses, an independent study shows the city-owned utility’s fiber optic infrastructure has generated $865.3-million to $1.3-billion in economic and social benefits while creating between 2,800 and 5,200 new jobs. The study by University …

EPB Payments to Local Governments Have Increased by 49% Since Smart Grid Deployment

Chattanooga, TN (September 1, 2015) – EPB has made this year's in lieu of tax payments totaling $19,175,457 to the City of Chattanooga, Hamilton County, and 15 other local governments. This year's payments represent an increase of 49% since construction of the community’s fiber optic smart grid began in 2008.   Unlike other …

Enrollment Underway for EPB NetBridge Student Discount Program

Chattanooga, TN (August 10, 2015) – EPB and its partners announced they have launched the enrollment process for the NetBridge Student Discount Program, which enables access to discounted high-speed broadband for qualified households with children in Hamilton County’s Free and Reduced Meals Program. The Hamilton County Department of Education (HCDE) will …

EPB Board Approves Electric Rate Increase

Chattanooga, TN (June 26, 2015) – EPB’s Board of Directors has approved a 3.5% increase in electric power rates effective July 1 to cover increases in operating costs to deliver electric power. The new rates apply to EPB’s residential, commercial and smaller industrial customers. This adjustment will help offset the rising costs …

EPB Fiber Optics Urges Caution with Pop-Up Messages

Chattanooga, TN (June 22, 2015) – EPB Fiber Optics is urging its Internet subscribers to be cautious about engaging with on screen pop-up messages, after some customers received a survey made to look as if it had been sent by EPB. EPB Fiber Optics is not distributing this pop-up survey, which …

EPB Asks Board for Electric Rate Increase

Chattanooga, TN (May 22, 2015) – EPB has asked its Board of Directors to consider a 3.5% increase to monthly electric power charges for customers, effective July 1, 2015. The Board is scheduled to vote on the measure in June. This is EPB’s first rate increase since 2011 because revenues from …

EPB Congratulates Black History Month Contest Winners

Chattanooga, TN (April 24, 2015) – EPB congratulated eight Hamilton County students who won the company’s 11th Annual Black History Month Contest after submitting original poetry about inspirational African Americans. This year’s annual Black History Month contest theme was inspired by the late Maya Angelou and her contributions to literature and …

EPB Deploys Heavy Vehicle Hybrid Technology

Chattanooga, TN (April 8, 2015) – EPB is rolling out a pilot program to test hybrid vehicle technology with the goal of reducing pollution and operational costs related to some of its heaviest trucks. The three plug-in hybrid electric bucket trucks use a diesel chassis, but unlike conventional trucks, the new …

Tennessee Broadband Expansion Bill on Hold Until Next Year

Nashville, TN (March 31, 2015) – Advocates for broadband expansion in Tennessee announced that efforts to extend community-based fiber optic networks are being placed on hold for at least a year because there is not enough support among state lawmakers to change a state regulation that prevents the expansion of …

FCC Approves EPB’s Petition for Tennessee Expansion

Chattanooga, TN. (February 26, 2015) – Today the FCC cleared a path for EPB to bring high-speed broadband services to Tennesseans in areas around EPB’s electric service area who currently have little or no access to broadband service...