Georgia Power owns a network of 18 generating plants, 19 hydroelectric dams and multiple solar energy facilities spread across the state, providing low-cost, reliable electricity to 2.5 million customers.
Georgia Power maintains a number of plants throughout the state to support Georgia's energy needs. Learn about our generating plants across the state providing low-cost, reliable electricity to our 2.5 million customers.
To meet Georgia's growing demand for energy, Georgia Power considers a wide range of energy resources. Together, these energy sources allow us to provide reliable, safe and affordable energy to our customers.
Georgia Power owns two nuclear facilities, Hatch and Vogtle, which provide about 20 percent of the electricity used in Georgia. The plants are managed by Southern Nuclear, a sister company owned by Southern Company, which specializes in nuclear operations. Southern Nuclear also operates Alabama Power's Farley Nuclear Plant.
Georgia's Nuclear Plants
Management of nuclear energy facilities is a complex and tightly regulated operation that requires the attention of experienced technicians and proven methods. Because Southern Company, through its operating companies, owns and manages multiple facilities, we have the advantage of experience and can expertise we can share.
Vogtle units 3 and 4 will be the nation's first new nuclear power units in more than 30 years. On March 17, 2009, the Georgia Public Service Commission approved Georgia Power's request to certify the construction of two new nuclear power units at its Plant Vogtle Nuclear Power Plant near Waynesboro, Georgia. The company received an Early Site Permit (ESP) and a Combined Construction and Operating License (COL) for potential new units at the Vogtle site from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in August 2009.
The new units are co-owned by Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power, MEAG Power and Dalton Utilities, and are the only new nuclear units currently under construction in the United States. Expected online in November 2021 (Unit 3) and November 2022 (Unit 4), the units will generate enough emission-free electricity to power approximately 500,000 homes and businesses.
Coal, the most abundant fuel source in the United States, accounts for most of Georgia Power's generating capacity. We also use oil and gas to generate power.
Coal is formed by chemical changes to plant material over a period of many years, converting it to combustible rock composed of carbon and other elements like oxygen, hydrogen, sulfur and nitrogen. Coal is extracted from the ground and transported to Georgia from other states.
Natural gas generation uses one of America's most abundant resources to produce safe, reliable and clean energy. Natural gas-fueled combined cycle power plants offer one of the cleanest and most efficient methods of producing electricity.
Natural gas is first removed from wells drilled into the ground. It is then treated to remove any impurities before pipelines transport the natural gas to power plants.
Hydroelectric power was once the principal source of power in the United States. These facilities played a significant role in spurring Georgia's industrial development and continue to produce power today.
Solar power generation has emerged as one of the most rapidly growing renewable sources of electricity. We’re proud to work with the US Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force to develop innovative solar energy projects, both on and off base. Our collaborations support military bases across Georgia, as well as federal emergency projects and local communities. We’re honored to be the only electric utility in the country to partner with all four branches of our military.
- 3 solar projects totaling 90 megawatts in collaboration with the Army.
- 1 solar project totaling 30 megawatts in collaboration with the Navy.
- 1 solar project planned totaling 139 megawatts in collaboration with the Air Force.
- 1 solar project totaling 31 megawatts in collaboration with the Marine Corps.
How Solar Energy Works
There are basically two types of solar energy that can be used on a home or business: solar electric and solar thermal. Get a better understanding of how each type works.
- Georgia Power announces new 139-MW solar project at Robins Air Force Base
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- Georgia Power marks groundbreaking of Fort Benning solar project
- Georgia Power to bring 90 megawatts of solar generation to Georgia Army bases