EPB Previews New Distribution Center

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - by Hollie Webb

EPB unveiled its new power distribution center as President and CEO Harold DePriest said, "Chattanooga is the first community in North America to combine the control of electric and fiber optic systems into one center."

He continued, "We're more prepared to serve our customers, help promote economic development and grow with new technologies." 

Part of this preparedness comes from EPB's new Distribution Center, which serves as the hub of the fiber optic-based Smart Grid and features video walls that allow employees to track storms and see outages in real time.

In a presentation, President DePriest showed exactly how outages are fixed. Data from the Smart Grid is immediately visible on the center's video wall. Undisturbed power flow is shown in yellow, while outages appear as red dots. From here, if the outage can be fixed by the Smart Grid, the red becomes purple. Manually fixed locations turn green. 

President DePriest said, "What we're finding, is that the bigger the storm, the lower the percentage put back on by the Smart Grid, but it's still in the 50 to 60 percent range. In a little storm, it may restore 75 percent."

Ryan Keel of EPB pointed out that areas with both fiber optic and electric outages were the highest priority. 

The facility itself, operated 24/7, is designed to withstand storms. The walls and ceilings are all concrete reinforced and the windows are designed to be impact resistant. Steel hurricane shutters can also come over the windows.

President DePriest said, "Everything is based on this thing being able to sustain a massive storm hit." 

The Distribution Center is also designed to keep customers' data extremely safe. With security guards and video surveillance at all times, the facility also requires fingerprint access for areas with sensitive information.


Youth Who Violently Mugged 2 Elderly Women Sent Off To Prison

A 20-year-old who was charged with the robbery and beating of a 71-year-old woman in the Northgate Mall parking lot and an 80-year-old woman at the Mapco on Highway  58 was sent off to state prison after entering guilty pleas on Thursday. Carlos Kirksey, who was 19 at the time of the Jan. 12, 2016, attack, was given a three-year prison term on two robbery counts. He got ... (click for more)

Another Snag Stalls Approval For County Schools To Deed East Ridge High Athletic Facilities To The City Of East Ridge

Another snag has stalled the transfer by the county schools of the East Ridge High athletic complex to the city of East Ridge. School board attorney Scott Bennett said the attorney for East Ridge asked for a brief delay. He said East Ridge is concerned that, because the county schools retain certain rights regarding the property, that it might prevent the city from getting ... (click for more)

Bikers Need To Have Licenses And Insurance - And Response

I am okay with Haslam’s idea of raising the gas tax and lowering the food tax.  But, I want to see a tax of bicycles since they have their own lanes now and they also have to be maintained. How much revenue would that bring in?  I would think if we have enough bike riders to have the lanes in the first place, there must be enough to generate some money for road improvements. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Where Is Central’s Auditorium?

I am surely one of the biggest proponents of high school athletics there is, especially after half a decade of being an eye witness to the vast array of lessons that are learned every day by anyone associated with sports. That said, I have watched the Hamilton County Commission waffle on a $500,000 track at Central High School with a certain curiosity because the same high school ... (click for more)

Smooth-Operating Cameron Leads Tyner Past 'Canes

Tyner may occasionally have an off night scoring, but that Rams defense is always spot-on. East Hamilton saw that first hand Thursday night in a hot Tyner Academy gymnasium. It didn’t rain points. Neither offense was sparkling, but the Rams had a distinct edge on one end of the court throughout the game – East Hamilton’s. The Rams got to almost every loose ball, most ... (click for more)

Cleveland Wrestlers Whip Walker Valley, 60-12

The undefeated and top-ranked Cleveland Blue Raider wrestling team just keeps rolling along, winning the close ones and also winning the ones not so close. Thursday night at Walker Valley, the Blue Raiders recorded five pins, three technical falls and two forfeits in a 60-12 victory over the Mustangs. Those pins came from Bryce Pond, Colton Landers, Austin Sweeney, Dylan Jones ... (click for more)