Chattanooga, TN, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 3, 2009 - Chattanooga EPB is to deploy the Tantalus Utility Network (TUNet®) using the city’s fiber optic smart grid for automatic meter reading, outage management and other applications.

EPB is building its fiber optic smart grid in order to provide more options for customers to manage their energy use while improving EPB’s operational efficiency and reliability. Tantalus will provide the software and communications equipment to operate an automated meter system for EPB’s smart grid. EPB will be able to quickly and cost-effectively roll out an advanced metering system that is also adaptable for future applications such as demand response and distribution automation.  

Installation is scheduled to start this summer at houses located in the initial fiber optic smart grid footprint. EPB will implement a 1,000 meter pilot test to ensure that TUNet is delivering maximum performance for their customers. Within five years, EPB expects that all of its 168,000 residential and business customers will receive smart meters.

TUNet uses a wireless local area network to communicate with endpoints not directly connected to the fiber network. Data delivered via TUNet can be integrated into utility applications including billing, outage management, forecasting and a host of customer service systems.

“EPB’s vision for the future is a system that provides rapid, two-way communication with every meter, home and device,” said David Wade, senior vice president of EPB’s Electric System. “This communications backbone network will enable EPB’s electric system to be smart, self healing and make it possible and practical for the company and consumers to interact in cost and energy efficiency programs.”

EPB, a non-profit agency of the City of Chattanooga, is one of the largest publicly owned providers of electric power in the U.S., serving more than 168,000 residents and businesses in a 600 square-mile area. EPB also provides communications services for local businesses using its all fiber optic infrastructure.