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Grid Investment Overview
Grid Investment Overview

Types of Improvements

There are a variety of improvement types that will be employed to improve both the distribution and transmission power lines across Georgia Power's grid. Distribution lines help deliver power to your home, while transmission lines carry power over long distances and all across the state. These improvements are designed to help deliver safe, reliable power to our customers. You can learn more about the types of improvements being used as part of Georgia Power's Grid Investment Plan below. To learn more about current Grid projects in your area, use our interactive "Where Are We Working" map.


Electric Distribution System

Electric lines typically located on wood poles next to the street or in your backyard that provide electric service to your house.

Automated Device Lines

Automated Line Devices 

Without automated line devices, a problem on the line can cause all customers served by the line to lose power.

By adding automated line devices, outages are automatically isolated to smaller portions of the line so that fewer customers lose power when there’s an issue.

Before Automated Line Device Installation

After Automated Line Device Installation

Add Ties

Add Connections

Without a connection to a nearby line, customers may not have an alternate source of power in the event of an outage.

By adding a connection to a nearby line, power may be rerouted to customers.

Adding Ties

Before Adding Connections

Adding Ties

After Adding Connections

Automated Device Lines

Relocate Line

Some lines are located in areas that are hard to access. In the event of an outage, this can increase the time it takes for a repair crew to get to the line and restore power.

Moving the line closer to the road makes it easier for a repair crew to access the line in the event of an outage and restore power more quickly.

Relocating Feeder - Before

Before Relocating Line

Relocating Feeder - After

After Relocating Line

Add Ties

Line Strengthening

Certain lines may benefit from targeted facility, material, and upgrades to improve power reliability.

Adding Ties

Before Line Strengthening

Adding Ties

After Line Strengthening

Automated Device Lines

Undergrounding

Overhead lines in certain areas may be more prone to outages caused by trees contacting lines or vehicular collisions.

Placing targeted portions of overhead lines underground makes lines less prone to outages.

Click here for examples of equipment that may be installed to support undergrounding improvements.

Relocating Feeder - Before

Before Undergrounding

Relocating Feeder - After

After Undergrounding


Electric Transmission System

Large electric lines that carry bulk electricity over long distances from one area to another.

Automated Device Lines

Replace Wires

Certain transmission lines may benefit from replacing the conductor on the transmission line while generally leaving the existing structures in place.

Relocating Feeder - Before

Before Replacing Wires

Relocating Feeder - After

After Replacing Wires

Automated Device Lines

Replace Wires and Structures

Certain transmission lines may benefit from partial or full rebuild. A rebuild would typically include the replacement of all structures and wires.

Relocating Feeder - Before

Before Replacing Wires and Structures

Relocating Feeder - After

After Replacing Wires and Structures

Automated Device Lines

Substation Improvements

Certain substations may benefit from replacing aging equipment. Substation improvements could include rebuilding the substation.

Before Substation Improvements

After Substation Improvements