ATLANTA, April 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Power today joined dozens of linemen, as well as representatives from the state's electric membership corporations (EMCs), municipal electric providers and elected officials for a special event at the Georgia Capitol. During the event, attendees marked April as Lineman Appreciation Month in Georgia and recognized the importance of thousands of line workers who work day and night, rain or shine, to keep the lights on.
As a fitting tribute to the line workers in attendance and across the state, Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 767 into law Tuesday. The legislation adds utility vehicles and workers to an existing law which requires drivers to "move over" one lane. The law previously applied primarily to stationary law-enforcement vehicles, ambulances, wreckers and garbage trucks. The addition of utility workers to the law will help to ensure safety for linemen who may be working on the roadside at night or following severe weather to repair damaged equipment or restore power for customers.
"We are honored to unite with Governor Deal and our other utility partners to recognize the work of line crews in communities throughout Georgia," said Paul Bowers, chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power. "Safety is our top priority in everything we do, and we would like to thank the Governor and the members of the legislature for passing this important legislation that will keep our workers safe in the field."
As a part of the Lineman Appreciation Month celebration, Georgia Power and the state's other electric utilities are inviting all of Georgia to say "thank you" to linemen for their work. Since April 1, hundreds of Georgians have signed the digital "thank you" card at www.ongeorgia.org/lineman and are sharing their stories on social media using #ThankALineman.
Line crews function seamlessly as part of a larger Georgia Power power delivery team, which also includes logistics teams and generation teams at power plants statewide, to keep reliable energy flowing to thousands of homes and businesses. In addition to serving the company's 2.5 million customers in Georgia, Georgia Power linemen are often called away from their families to help restore power to neighboring states when major storms or disasters occur. Georgia Power linemen can travel thousands of miles each year and can spend weeks in the field helping restore power to customers as far away as New York and Houston.
About Georgia Power Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), one of the nation's largest generators of electricity. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, 21st century coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower) and Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower).