David Wade

EPB Chattanooga, TN: EVP & COO

As EPB’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, David Wade led the company to build one of the country’s most sophisticated smart electric distribution systems.

David holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and has 30 years of experience in the electrical industry ranging from hands-on construction to engineering. He is a board member (and recent Chairman) of Tennessee Valley Public Power Association (TVPPA).

Using a 100% fiber optic network as its backbone, EPB constructed a
“Smart Grid,” next-generation electric system that includes communication capabilities designed to reduce the impact of power outages, improve response time and allow customers greater control of their electric power usage.

This exclusive capability has attracted worldwide attention and earned Chattanooga, TN the nickname “Gig City.”