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If you're planning a project that involves digging in your yard in Tennessee or Georgia, call your state's One Call System first to make sure that there are no buried power lines, gas lines, water lines or phone lines. It's a call that could help you avoid putting yourself and your family in danger, breaking the law and damaging lines.

In Tennessee, call 1-800-351-1111.

In Georgia, call 1-800-282-7411.

 

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.

We work to restore the most customers as possible, the fastest. So, if we have a problem that is affecting 1,000 homes and businesses and another problem that is affecting four homes and businesses, we’re going to tackle the problem that will restore 1,000 before the one that will restore four. Some organizations, like hospitals, are at the top of the restoration priority list due to the critical nature of their business.

There are several possible reasons for this. Some neighborhoods get electricity from several different circuits. There may be a damaged transformer serving only three or four homes in the neighborhood. The line connecting power from your street to your home could be broken. There may be damage to your meter. 

Make sure that you’ve reported your power outage to EPB – we may not be aware that your power is out unless you let us know by calling at 423-648-1EPB (1372) or email us at cicweb@epb.net.

 

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.

Yes, for newly installed water heaters that qualify.

Water heaters can account for to 20% of your home’s power consumption. So we offer EPB customers a $50 credit on their electric bill when they purchase and install a new electric water heater that meets minimum Department of Energy guidelines and has a capacity of at least 40 gallons.

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Making the Green Power Switch helps our community support cleaner, more environmentally friendly energy generation options, in partnership with TVA.

By purchasing one or more 150 kilowatt-hour blocks of Green Power for $4 each per month, you support the use of renewable energy resources like wind, solar power and methane gas. These resources generate energy with less pollution, from sources right here in the Chattanooga area. While no energy resource is completely impact-free, each block of Green Power you purchase makes a difference.

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.

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.

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.

By installing renewable energy generation equipment such as wind and solar, customers may qualify for some Federal tax credits for renewable energy.

EPB can provide technical support for any such installation, because all equipment must be in compliance with national standards and all applicable codes and be certified by a licensed electrician.

TVA will then purchase 100% of the green power output, paying the current electric rate for all output. 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 – and guaranteed for ten years from the date of the contract.

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