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Smart Grid Automatically Restores Power


Chattanooga, TN (May 13, 2014) - Power to about 32,000 homes and businesses in northern Hamilton County was restored twice this afternoon with remote switching using the community’s smart grid.

At about 1:39 p.m. a TVA circuit that supplies EPB in areas west of the Tennessee River lost power. After power was restored, TVA’s circuit went down again and smart grid automation restored service a second time.

During these outages some of our fiber optics equipment was affected, causing a loss of service for some of our customers. Our engineers continue to work on restoring fiber optic services.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have cause for our customers. 

About EPB

Established as an independent board of the City of Chattanooga in 1935, EPB is a municipally-owned utility that provides electric power and fiber optic communications services as a means of promoting economic development and enhancing quality of life across the local area. 

EPB serves nearly 180,000 homes and businesses in a 600 square-mile area that includes greater Chattanooga, as well as parts of surrounding counties and areas of North Georgia. 

In 2010, EPB became the first provider in the United States to deliver up to 1 Gig (1,000 mbps) internet speeds utilizing a community-wide fiber optic network that provides access to every home and business in its service area.  In 2015, EPB became the first (and to date) only American ISP to make up to 10 Gig (10,000 mbps) internet speeds accessible to all of its residential and commercial customers as a standard offer. 

EPB has also utilized its community-wide fiber optic network to deploy the most advanced and highly automated smart grid power management system in the nation. In recognition of EPB’s groundbreaking infrastructure, the Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are utilizing EPB’s smart grid as a national model for researching and developing best practices. EPB is also the first major power distribution utility to earn the USGBC’s PEER certification for having a highly automated, modernized electric power grid.


May 13, 2014


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