Chattanooga's state-of-the-art control room
Quick Take: Chattanooga's EPB continues to disprove the notion that only a large investor-owned utility can afford a state-of-the-art smart grid. Its new real-time control room is a case in point. I hope it will inspire small- to mid-size utilities everywhere to set their sights high. - Jesse Berst
A non-profit agency of the City of Chattanooga, EPB was established in 1935. Today it serves more than 169,000 residents in a 600 square-mile area that includes greater Chattanooga, as well as parts of surrounding counties. It has been cited by some experts as North America's top smart grid.
EPB is now managing that smart grid in a new facility that includes three control rooms and a "war room" for coordinating storm response, as reported by local web site Nooga.com. "Inside the facility, technicians monitor real-time data from across the service area. They can respond almost instantly to an outage, reroute 400 work crews, and quickly address problems both big and small."