Meet the EPB Smart(er) Grid

The most advanced electric power distribution grid of its kind is working for Chattanooga to deliver true peace of mind.

Not your average service provider.

We’ve been the Chattanooga’s trusted source for electric power for more than seven decades, but EPB is more than just bucket trucks. We’re also the architects and providers of one of the most intelligent and comprehensive Smart Grids in the nation to continually keep the power on and working for you.

Highly intelligent, extremely reliable power delivery keeps business moving.

The most advanced electric distribution system of its kind is at work for businesses in Chattanooga right now. We call it EPB’s Smart Grid. As energy demands continue to increase this elaborate, intuitive sensor system and two-way communication channel ensures reliable, resilient electricity delivery ready to power generations to come.

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Reliable power delivered through a state-of-the-art Smart Grid keeps your business moving.

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Programs and Incentives

Discover credits and incentives available to business customers that participate in certain programs and practices.

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Business Electrical Rates

EPB's firm commercial rates are determined by the type of business and its total demand for energy.

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Our custom outdoor lighting products help ensure your safety when you need it the most.

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Our business is helping you do yours, 24/7

Vegetation is one of the leading causes of outages in our electric system. Also, downed wires threaten the safety of people and animals as well as increase the cost of providing utility service.

Although we can’t avoid this completely, we can reduce it by proactively managing vegetation growth in certain areas, such as around power poles and equipment.

It depends on the situation and factors such as what caused the power to go out and how many areas were affected. Thanks to our Smart Grid, many outages can be restored in near real time, with no human intervention. If a critical pole near you goes down, we can anticipate that it could take up to six hours to fix. However,

during storm-related outages, restoration information may not be immediately available. Sometimes there is much damage we need to assess through a combination of remote monitoring and customer calls.

A REC refers to specifically 1 megawatt of electricity’s environmental benefits. Offsets refer to any increment of environmental benefits less than 1 megawatt hour.

Green Power Providers is a TVA-led program that supports renewable energy generation systems installed at homes and businesses (including solar, wind, biomass or low-impact hydropower). In addition to some Federal tax credits, TVA will pay for kilowatt hours generated.

EPB is happy to provide technical support for any such installation, as all equipment must be in compliance with national standards and applicable codes and must be certified by a licensed electrician. Additionally, EPB requires a one-time charge of $150 for system interconnection.

TVA will then purchase 100% of the green power output, paying the current electric rate for all output (visit TVA’s website for guidelines and current rates). Payment is made in the form of a credit issued by EPB on the monthly power bill for the home or business where the generation system is located.

To learn more, visit Green Power Providers Program or call us at 423-648-1372.

 

Green Power Switch charges $2 for 150 kWh of a mix of alternative generation, mainly wind from across TVA’s service territory. EPB Solar Share offsets are $5 for 100 kWh of local, Chattanooga-made, 100% solar power.

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