EMCs Make Strides in Power Restoration
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Posted by: Terri Statham
TUCKER, Ga. – As of 4:50 a.m., EMCs in Georgia have made steady progress in the battle to restore power to nearly 210,000 members following Hurricane Michael. At this time, 29,000 members in Southwest Georgia remain without power, and EMCs are directing a massive restoration effort involving hundreds of workers from Georgia and other states.
Hurricane Michael, which became a Category 3 hurricane when it entered Georgia, proved to be the most violent storm the state has experienced in decades. Winds in excess of 100 mph caused unprecedented damage to both the power transmission and power distribution network, a phenomenon also not seen in decades.
EMCs have been working in tough conditions to replace spans of downed power lines, thousands of destroyed power poles, transformers and other equipment.
This storm in particular has posed a number of challenges for EMC crews:
- Some are rebuilding as much as 100 percent of their system.
- Some are working in the most rural parts of their systems in isolated locations.
- Remaining outages are spread across EMC service areas rather than concentrated in a particular spot within their system.
- All are replacing thousands of power poles—a massive effort since it takes an average of four hours to replace just one power pole.
States providing EMC and contract crews at this time include Georgia, Arkansas, South Carolina and Tennessee. They are working side-by-side with local EMCs to make outage repairs as quickly and safely as possible.
Note to media: Outage information will be updated throughout the afternoon/evening on Georgia EMC’s website 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.