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June 19, 2012 at 1:19 p.m. EDT

EPB Fiber Optics Described as “Pioneer” in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Case Study

EPB Fiber Optics Described as “Pioneer” in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Case Study

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (June 19, 2012) – The EPA released a case study this week highlighting EPB Fiber Optics’ as a “pioneer” for its commitment to the ENERGY STAR set-top box program.

EPB was the third provider—and the first small, local provider—to join the ENERGY STAR program as a Set-Top Box Partner, which is open to companies who commit to distributing set-top box hardware that meets energy efficiency specifications defined by the EPA.

As a result, EPB’s set-top boxes are 59 percent more efficient on average and save a typical household about $90 over the lifetime of the hardware. In 2011, the amount of electricity saved by EPB Fiber Optics set-top boxes was equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from more than 800 cars.

All of EPB’s set-top boxes deployed are ENERGY STAR qualified, surpassing the EPA’s requirement that 50 percent of a provider’s set-top boxes purchased in a calendar year must be ENERGY STAR qualified.

"As an electric power distributor, energy efficiency is very important to us. Providing our customers with the most efficient set-top boxes made a lot of sense, as well as simply being the right thing to do," said Katie Espeseth, vice president of EPB Fiber Optics.

In the case study, ENERGY STAR official Katharine Kaplan compliments EPB on its commitment to the program and for being “out front” in the municipal provider landscape.