The most advanced electric power distribution grid of its kind is working for Chattanooga to deliver true peace of mind.
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.
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.
EPB’s next-generation Smart Grid reduces the impact of power outages on our customers and community, allows improved operational efficiencies and offers customers greater control of their electric power usage. Consisting of an elaborate network of specialized computers along our fiber optic network, ultra-fast communications enable devices to share information between each other and our Control Center in as little as 5 milliseconds, round trip.
That means the smart grid can now respond to – and often resolve – problems in the field in real time with little or no human intervention.
Part of our Smart Grid system, digital smart meters have the ability to communicate with the power system and measure your electric consumption every 15 minutes. You can view your own consumption online and EPB will also know within 15 minutes if there’s a power outage or unusual consumption at your home or business in order to respond immediately and fix the problem.
Yes, EPB is still offering TVA’s Green Power Switch and Southeastern RECs.
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 Switch charges $4 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.