Our History


1935
EPB is created by a private act passed by the Tennessee legislature.


1938

EPB's new Riverside Substation, near Chattanooga High School, is energized with power transmitted by TVA.1939


1940

EPB builds the downtown office building and the distribution complex at Oak & Greenwood.


1945-58

EPB's customer base grows by 70% and kilowatt-hour use increases by 288%.


1967

Rising coal prices cause TVA's residential rates to increase for the first time ever.


1970

As the energy crisis worsens, EPB shifts communications efforts from encouraging energy consumption to energy conservation.


1970

EPB installs one of the country's first computer-based SCADA systems to aid in service restoration.


1977

EPB takes over ownership of major source stations from TVA to keep rates low.


1981

EPB develops and implements the Valley's first outage management system, allowing improved restoration management and decreasing customer outage time.


1986

EPB purchases the power building adjacent to the downtown office building from TVA.


1990

EPB completes construction of Hamilton substation, 8th delivery point completion from TVA.


1992

August EPB opens the satellite customer service center on Shallowford Road.


1993

March 12 The worst snow storm in Chattanooga's recorded history, more than 20 inches fell, affecting 72,000 customers and taking 8 days to restore power at a cost of approximately $2.1 million.


1997

EPB serves 132,490 residential and 16,307 commercial customers.


1999


2000

EPB Telecom launches, providing the area with affordable, reliable telecommunications service for local area businesses.2001


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2007


2008

EPB secures a bond to begin construction of our Smart Grid, a next-generation electric system that includes communication capabilities in order to reduce outages, improve response time, reduce theft and help customers manage their electric power usage. Building upon ten years of research and development, ours is one of the first and largest Smart Grids in the United States.2009


2010


2011


2012

   -> 30 Mbps > 50 Mbps

   -> 50 Mbps > 100 Mbps

   -> 100 Mbps > 250 Mbps


2013

   -> Nearly 6 million kWh of electricity, saving more than $420,000

   -> 4,054 metric ton of CO2 emissions

   -> 336,374 gallons of water

   -> 59 dump truck loads of waste through recycling

248,420 commuter miles through Clean Commute and Green Trips programs

   -> 100 Mbps for $57.99 per month

   -> 1 Gig (1,000 Mbps) reduced to $69.99

EPB Fiber Optics commercial customers also received a free Internet speed increase.


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2016

2017