Business publication SNL featured Chattanooga's EPB this week in an article that highlights the utility's smart grid, which helps prevent power outages and is contributing to the city's economic development.
In April 2012, EPB leaders celebrated a milestone with the completion of the final “smart switch” in the smart grid system.
The system helps minimize the number of people who are impacted by a power outage and also helps make outages shorter.
For example, when a tree falls on a line and causes a power outage, smart grid technology identifies the location of the outage and reroutes power so that fewer customers are without power.
Leaders said that several national studies show that power outages in an area of distribution the size of EPB’s cost about $100 million a year, according to archives.
At the time of the last installation of "smart switches," EPB officials think the smart grid can save at least $40 million by cutting down on outages.
These kinds of advantages are drawing businesses to the area, according to the SNL article.
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