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.
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.
No, not at this time.
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.