EMCs Making Tremendous Progress on Outages
Monday, October 15, 2018
Posted by: Terri Statham
TUCKER, Ga. – The electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) in Georgia have restored service to 154,000 members since Hurricane Michael slammed Georgia as a Category 3 hurricane. At 4:45 a.m., 56,000 members remain without power primarily in the South and Southwest portions of the state devastated by the storm.
EMCs have made great strides to repair and in some cases completely rebuild portions of the transmission and distribution network. Hundreds of EMC linemen are focused on power restoration at this time from Georgia, Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia and South Carolina thus far.
Georgia Transmission Corp. reports that 89 of the 99 electrical substations that were knocked out by the hurricane are now at full operation. In addition, nearly 50 high-voltage transmission lines have been repaired or replaced. These supply-side operations must be functional in order for EMCs to have electricity to distribute to their customers, so the recovery efforts have been a two-part process.
EMC crews are also encountering thousands of downed trees and limbs and hundreds of damaged or destroyed power poles and power lines. The average time to replace a broken distribution pole is four hours, which is a good example of why restoration times have been and will be lengthy for many members.
EMCs stress that the damage inflicted by Michael is some of the worst Georgia has seen in decades, and the restoration process will involve many days, up to a week or more in some rural areas of the state.
Note to media: Outage information will be updated throughout the afternoon/evening on Georgia EMC’s web site at https://georgiaemc.com/page/outages. The next written update is scheduled for 5 a.m. tomorrow.
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, nearly half of Georgia’s population, across 73 percent of the state’s land area. To learn more, visit www.georgiaemc.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Georgia Transmission Corporation plans, builds and maintains more than 3,100 miles of high-voltage powerlines and 650 substations that deliver electric power to 38 electric membership corporations (EMCs) across the state. Georgia Transmission and our member EMCs are not-for-profit cooperatives that serve approximately 4.1 million people in nearly 70 percent of the state’s land area. See www.gatrans.com