Please see below for general information regarding the Grid Investment Plan.
Georgia Power is committed to making smart investments for Georgia's energy future to ensure our customers are provided the clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy they expect and deserve. Our plan focuses on upgrading transmission and distribution infrastructure across the power grid to improve the reliability and efficiency of our system and decrease the number and length of power outages experienced by customers.
Georgia Power's commitment is to provide clean, safe, reliable, and affordable electricity. We're making new investments in infrastructure to improve the reliability and efficiency of our system and decrease the number and length of outages that customers experience. Some of these enhancements will require limited outages. If an outage is needed for our work, impacted customers will be notified.
As part of Georgia Power's commitment to providing clean, safe, reliable, and affordable electricity, we will be making investments in infrastructure in communities across the state. We're continuously evaluating the electric system to determine where to make investments.
For Distribution projects, the easement process is a voluntary process. Georgia Power will work with the community to find locations for all needed equipment. If community members do not wish to grant the required Distribution easements, Georgia Power will explore other project alternatives.
Georgia Power is dedicated to causing minimal disruption to our customers’ property. For undergrounding projects, tree trimming will be minimal. There may be some shrubs/landscaping that will need to be removed for the placement of underground equipment. For overhead projects, tree trimming can vary depending on the percentage of the tree canopy that overhangs into the required tree clearance area. Georgia Power typically requires a 15- to 30-foot clearance, depending on the type of line located in your area. If needed, trees are pruned by professional tree contractors. Georgia Power prunes trees to industry standards that were developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). Learn more at www.georgiapower.com/trees.
Please see below for information regarding our construction practices.
Safety is Georgia Power's top priority. Our teams will make every effort to ensure that construction equipment is adequately secured and blocked from public access. Our teams will utilize traffic control for pedestrians and vehicles, install work area signage, and place barriers in and around construction areas. We will also provide direct communications to alert individual customers at the beginning, during, and the conclusion of a project near their home.
Throughout the process, Georgia Power will work to complete the project with minimal impact or disruption to residents and businesses. Should construction activities affect a resident's or business's property, we will work directly with property owners on any concerns.
Georgia Power anticipates minimal sidewalk damage in relation to this project. Our construction crews will repair any sidewalk damaged due to our construction but will not repair additional sidewalks in the area.
Georgia Power will post construction schedules and signage and use modern construction techniques to lessen the impact on traffic. We'll work with residents to gain access along the construction area throughout the project.
Please see below for information regarding underground lines.
By placing lines underground, we're reducing exposure to trees and severe weather that cause most power outages. While we expect a reduction in the number and length of power outages experienced by customers, we do not expect outages to be eliminated entirely.
Yes, Georgia Power customers can elect to have their service lines undergrounded, but the customer is responsible for the cost of elective undergrounding. Service line undergrounding costs are calculated on a case by case basis, based on the length of the service line and the required method of installation (open trench vs. directional bore), among other variables. In addition, customers will be required to bear the cost of any work required to pass an electrical inspection. For more information, please contact us at 1-888-404-1056 or G2GPgrid@southernco.com.
When placing lines underground, Georgia Power removes all of its infrastructure that is no longer in use. However, poles may also carry street lights that will remain in use as well as lines owned by other companies, such as cable or telephone, and will therefore not be removed.
Georgia Power is committed to providing safe and reliable service to our customers. Often, crews responding to outages or other issues must access live electrical equipment housed in this equipment by using special insulated sticks and other tools that require space for safe operation; therefore, landowners will need to maintain the proper clearance, which is approximately 10 feet around the equipment.
Placing power lines underground requires minimal maintenance. Should a line be damaged or fail for any reason, Georgia Power will need to dig in the area to access and repair the line. To ensure reliable electric service over the long term, we incorporate plans for future replacements of cable that is at the end of its expected life into asset management programs.
We're happy to answer any questions you may have about our planned grid reliability improvements.