Chattanooga, TN (September 11, 2017) - With high winds and heavy rain from Irma heading toward Chattanooga, EPB confirmed that preparations are in place to respond to power outages and other negative impacts from the storm.
“On Friday, we began securing out-of-town crews to assist with repairs, and we’ve had a great response with crews coming in from Ohio, Indiana, Virginia among other places,” said Kade Abed, Vice President of Field Operations for EPB. “Today, we’re staging crews throughout the community. We’re ready to begin repairs as soon as there are problems."
EPB confirmed that it would provide additional information as events unfold today. The utility is encouraging all customers to download the myEPB app to report an outage from your smartphone and continually monitor restoration efforts.
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 more than 170,000 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. For more information, go to EPB.com.