Georgia Power’s power lines, supporting poles and towers often attract birds because they provide perches, roosts, and nesting sites for species.
If their chosen nest site becomes problematic, we can often entice ospreys to nest in a more suitable, non-energized location that offers less risk to system reliability, such as man-made nesting platforms. Most of the known remaining Southeastern American kestrels in Georgia nest in hollow transmission and substation structures; as older structures are replaced, we install nest boxes to accommodate displaced birds.
By working to prevent problems ahead of time while enhancing available bird habitat, we can reduce operational and regulatory costs while increasing reliability for our customers.
Live Eagle Cam
We also manage our lakeshores and bulk (undeveloped) lands to maintain large pines, which host around a dozen bald eagle nests. And we helped install an extremely popular webcam at Berry College in Rome which lets the public watch a bald eagle nest 24/7 each spring.
Eagle Cam 1
Eagle Cam 2
Avian Protection Plan
With our structures offering attractive perches for many birds, we undertake extensive efforts to minimize negative interactions with birds. We use conductor spacing and shielding as well as physical barriers and visual markers on power lines to reduce the probability of injuries from collision or electrocution.
We have an Avian Protection Plan that guides our response when the rare problems do occur. Georgia Power is a member of the Avian-Powerline Interaction Committee, a state-of-the-art professional organization that helps electric utilities share information on avoiding and addressing bird interaction problems.