Partnership between Tennessee city and utilities will allow emergency services to operate without power

  • Source: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga
  • Published: 04/16/2021 12:00 AM

Chattanooga city leaders came together Thursday afternoon to discuss their commitment to public safety and emergency response. This project is called Power to Protect. It's a joint initiative between the city and EPB. Mayor Andy Berke said he doesn't know of another community in the country doing this. The project is using solar energy and pairing it with different technologies to increase the resiliency of our power supply to our public safety agencies. This will pay dividends when catastrophic events happen in Chattanooga. "Extreme weather events are more and more common than ever before,” Mayor Berke said. The Tennessee Valley knows that well. Last year’s Easter tornadoes highlighted just how devastating bad weather events can be. The city has been working on a plan to have better communication with first responders in those terrifying moments for the past few years. They did that by partnering with EPB to build a microgrid.


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