S&C Electric Company has signed a deal to provide Chattanooga, Tennessee-based EPB with up to 1,500 IntelliRupter PulseClosers, applied in conjunction with S&C’s IntelliTEAM SG Automatic Restoration System. The two-year, multi-million dollar contract is being funded in part by a federal stimulus grant provided by the Department of Energy. The new equipment enables EPB to provide over 168,000 homes and businesses in a 600 square mile area of eastern Tennessee and northern Georgia, with reliable electric service.
Georgia Power has petitioned the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) to increase its base rates by a little more than eight percent of the company’s retail rates, to generate approximately $615 million, to recover the investment costs for cleaner generation sources, power lines, smart grid technologies, environmental controls, and energy efficiency programs to meet current and future customer demand. The proposed change in rates would be effective Jan. 1, 2011.
For more than two years, the states of Georgia and Alabama have been systematically deploying smart meters, moving north to the southern parts of the states. Columbus, Georgia residences and businesses are scheduled to receive around 90,000 meters in either Q4 2010 or Q1 2011.