Georgia EMCs work to restore electricity after winter weather knocks out power lines

Source: Georgia Transmission

As of 10:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 10, the electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) are reporting approximately 600 customers without power. The 600 outages reported earlier today in northwest Georgia have been restored; however, new outages have occurred across north, middle and west Georgia. Outages have been caused by heavy snowfall and ice forming in some areas which is weighing down tree limbs causing them to fall on power lines. 

In anticipation of the storm, EMCs began last Friday reviewing crew assignments so they could quickly dispatch help to affected areas. In storm situations, EMCs follow their disaster plans which lay the groundwork for quickly getting help from sister EMCs if it is needed. All employees and contract crews have been on a heightened state of readiness and quickly mobilized to implement the restoration procedures. 

Georgia EMC is the statewide trade association representing the state's 42 EMCs, Oglethorpe Power Corp., Georgia Transmission Corp. and Georgia System Operations Corp. Collectively, Georgia's customer-owned EMCs provide electricity and related services to more than four million people, half of Georgia's population, across 73 percent of the state's land area. 

Georgia Transmission, a not-for-profit cooperative owned by 39 EMCs, owns more than 3000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines and more than 600 substations. These facilities deliver power to Georgia's EMCs who serve nearly 50 percent of Georgia's population (4.5 million).

 



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