EMC Restoration Efforts Yield Big Results

TUCKER, Ga. – At 8 p.m., Georgia’s electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) have made significant progress throughout the day and report 151,000 customers without power across the state, down from 236,000 this morning and a peak of 550,000 on Monday night.

Tropical Storm Irma caused more than a half million EMC outages, making this an extraordinary event for electric cooperatives and other utilities in Georgia. EMCs were in discussions with states across the country leading up to and after Irma to arrange for a large contingent of linemen which now stands at 4,500. In addition, hundreds of additional support personnel are lending assistance with logistics and supply chain for poles, transformers, wire, etc. and other support services.

Crews are here from Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.

While every available resource has been tapped for power restoration, EMCs have said restoration will involve multiple days and advise members to consider making alternate arrangements if necessary and to follow local EMC outage updates provided in newspapers, TV and radio, social media and EMC web sites for the latest progress.

Co-op representatives also wish to extend their deepest thanks and gratitude to members for remaining patient and understanding during this unique and intensive time.

During restoration, EMCs caution members to be mindful of the following safety measures for the protection of the public and EMC personnel:

· Do not try and remove trees or limbs that have fallen onto power lines.

· If using a home portable generator, never run it indoors and never plug it into any part of the house. Doing so may feed electricity out of the house to power lines outside your home, causing serious injury or death to an EMC employee who is working on downed lines or a member of the public who comes into contact with a downed power line.

· Continue to use caution and stay away from downed power lines. This is especially true in wet situations and even more so with standing water as a result of this storm

Georgia EMC is the statewide trade association representing the state’s 41 EMCs, Oglethorpe Power Corp., Georgia Transmission Corp. and Georgia System Operations Corp. Collectively, Georgia’s customer-owned EMCs provide electricity and related services to 4.4 million people, half of Georgia’s population, across 73 percent of the state’s land area.

Note: Another update will be provided at 5 a.m. tomorrow. Meanwhile, for the latest outage information, go to https://georgiaemc.com/storm-center/current-outages.