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Power Lines and
Substations FAQs

Building for the Future

How does the community benefit from new substations and transmission lines?

These projects help ensure that the growing communities around our state continue to have reliable electric service.

Will the electricity bills of area residents and other ratepayers increase because of these projects?

These costs are a part of Georgia Power's normal capital improvement budget and are eventually added into the overall rate base. Project costs will not be included in the rate base until the facility actually goes into service. Even then, rates will only change when the Georgia Public Service Commission approves a base rate case.

Will Georgia Power pay for any damage to my property that may occur because of crews working on substation or transmission projects?

Georgia Power will accept responsibility for any property damage and will repair, restore or replace any structures or landscaping disrupted during the construction process. After construction, Georgia Power will leave the area clear and in good condition.

Why are you doing this work in just certain areas and not statewide?

Georgia Power, like other utilities, is doing work similar to this all across Georgia where customer growth is occurring and electricity use is increasing.

How does Georgia Power decide where exactly to locate new substations and power lines?

A Georgia Power site selection committee—made up of engineers, land experts and other personnel—chooses the best practical site for a substation and route for distribution and/or transmission lines. There are many considerations used in the study when identifying land for a substation. During the process of selecting a site or route, Georgia Power does not know the property owners' names. This ensures that we select routes and sites without bias to any individual property owner. Some of the factors considered include:

  • Community Impact
  • Safety
  • Environmental Issues
  • Reliability
  • Sound Engineering
  • Cost-Effectiveness
  • Aesthetics

How many property owners will the new lines and substation affect?

Georgia Power seeks to minimize the impact to property owners when siting new infrastructure. We use existing facilities wherever possible along public rights-of-way. The company will often place new substations adjacent to an existing transmission line, ensuring we have to purchase little, if any, new rights-of-way. We frequently use vegetation, screening walls and berms to screen substations and minimize the visual impact of the substation to existing neighborhoods.

What are you going to do to ensure the safety of residents, children and pets while the work is ongoing?

During construction of underground distribution lines, no ditches will be left open without proper barricades or covers. We build substations behind a fenced enclosure and post warning signs on our energized equipment. Despite these safety measures, we urge you to caution others—especially children—never to go near electric facilities, whether they are under construction or already in service.

What effect will electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from substations or power lines have on the health of residents?

Research by the scientific community over several decades has found no conclusive evidence to indicate the fields from transmission lines such as these cause or contribute to adverse health effects. Georgia Power continues to monitor research in this area. If you would like more information, please contact us or review online reports from a number of reputable scientific organizations online:

How can we find out more information about a project under construction?

This website aims to be a primary source of information for our customers. If you have questions about a project that is not listed, you may still contact us.

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