Thursday, 17 April 2008

EPB SmartGrid project gets boost

A lawsuit filed against EPB - Chattanooga's public utility - has been dismissed opening the door for a Fibre network project to be undertaken in a key step towards the Smart Grid in the region.

"We are very pleased with the court’s decision – this project is an important economic development initiative and we are glad to be moving forward," says Harold DePriest, EPB’s President and CEO. "Our community has maintained an overwhelmingly positive response to the fiber initiative and we want to thank them for supporting us through this legal process. We hope that TCTA will not continue in its attempt to keep Chattanoogans from experiencing the benefits of this project by prolonging the lawsuit through frivolous and time-consuming appeals."

DPriset went ton to say "We are eager to get underway on our build-out of the Smart Grid, which will enable us to provide even more reliable power and to offset rising energy costs to every EPB customer," said Mr. DePriest. "And soon, building upon the fiber network which enables the Smart Grid, we will begin offering our community the Internet, video and telephone choices and options they’ve told us that they want."

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