Chattanooga, TN (August 9, 2017) – EPB recognizes BASF for its commitment to Chattanooga’s environmental and sustainability goals by being the leading purchaser of renewable energy through the TVA Green Power Switch Southeastern Renewable Energy Credit program.
Since making the TVA Green Power Switch, 100 percent of the BASF Polymer and Amnicola facilities’ electric power is sourced from Midwestern-region wind generation, which solidifies the company’s position as the top purchaser of sustainable, 100 percent clean power in EPB’s service area.
“We are proud of the great strides BASF has taken as a leading community partner to align with Chattanooga’s environmental stewardship goals, “said EPB president and CEO David Wade. “We believe BASF serves as a role model for responsible corporate citizenship and sustainable business practices that will benefit Chattanooga for generations to come.”
The environmental benefits realized from BASF’s switch to clean, sustainable energy can be valued in several ways; either powering 1707 homes for a year, or avoiding the carbon emissions from burning 17.2-million pounds of coal or from driving 38.7-million miles in an average four-door sedan.
“Using renewable energy drives sustainable solutions to improve quality of life for our world’s growing population,” said Robert Gagliano, BASF’s Site Director in Chattanooga. ”Our participation in the Green Power Switch program also supports BASF’s purpose of creating chemistry for a sustainable future.”
EPB’s Key Customer and Energy Services groups, along with partners at TVA, presented BASF representatives with official plaques recognizing the company’s sustainable energy milestones.
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.
BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 17,500 employees in North America, and had sales of $16.2 billion in 2016. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit www.basf.us.
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 114,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of about €58 billion in 2016. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at www.basf.com.