EPB says 200 still without power after storms

EPB says 200 still without power after storms

Smart grid kept lights on for more than 8,100 homes, officials say

November 29th, 2016 by Dave Flessner in Business Around the Region

Service technicians Stacy Mann, left, and Nathen Lloyd step out of an EPB trailer with a newly installed fiber optics cable during an installation at CityGreen Apartments in Chattanooga's North Shore area earlier this year. Such services are unavailable to lots of East Hamilton County area residents.

Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press.

More than 200 EPB customers remain without power this morning following Monday night storms that at one time knocked out electric service for more than 3,400 customers in the Chattanooga area.

But EPB spokesman John Pless said the utility's smart grid, which uses fiber optic links and intelliruptors to monitor and control power flows, helped limit the power outages in most of the city.

"The smart grid kept the power on for about 8,100 homes and businesses that would have experienced an outage either by preventing the outage or automatically restoring service," Pless said.

EPB kept crews overnight to continue repairing damage after high winds and heavy rains struck the Chattanooga area Monday night. EPB personnel are working today to restore power throughout the region.