Our mission is to keep Chattanooga running and comfortable with the most reliable power delivery in the nation. That’s the power of community.
Perhaps our biggest and most rewarding endeavor so far has been the construction of the most automated Smart Grid system in the nation.
With a 100% fiber optic network as its backbone, EPB’s next-generation Smart Grid offers exceptionally reliable electric power service and the communications capabilities to both reduce the impact of power outages and allow customers greater control of their electric power usage.
EPB maintains some of the lowest electricity costs in the country, but you can still take measures to keep your power costs down by upping your home’s energy efficiency. Taking even the most simple home improvement measures to help avoid involuntary energy waste is good for you, good for the community as a whole, and good for our environment.
EPB strives to maintain the natural beauty of trees and shrubs while at the same time ensuring your safety and preventing electrical line damage and potential outages, due to high wind, ice, lightning and heavy rain cause trees and limbs to fall which can down power lines.
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.
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.
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.