Monday, May 30, 2011

Chattanooga's EPB Plans Smart Grid with Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs

EPB, Chattanooga's electric power distributor and communications provider, is working with Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs on tools to help consumers manage their energy usage in detail. EPB currently is building an advanced and automated smart grid network with widescale deployment of sensors and control devices. Coupled with pervasive broadband communications, the smart grid network will provide the utility the ability to measure, monitor and control their electricity distribution network in real time at fine levels of detail.

Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs is developing advanced analytical techniques and tools to help EPB even further mine the wealth of information from smart meters, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems and other data to help reduce electric service outages, help EPB's customers manage energy costs, manage power consumption during peak consumption periods, and improve operational efficiencies.

Alcatel-Lucent is also providing EPB with a GPON infrastructure that delivers residential services at up to 1 Gbps -- the fastest in the U.S. The 1 Gbps service is priced at $350 per month. EPB also offers 100, 50, and 30 Mbps.