Georgia's Electric Membership Corporations Outage Update

Feb 20, 2014, 19:28 ET from Georgia EMC

TUCKER, Ga., Feb. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As of 6:00 p.m. today, Georgia's electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) are reporting less than 100 customers without power as a result of snow and sleet that blanketed much of north and central Georgia. Electricity is expected to be restored for all customers by tomorrow. Overall, more than 300,000 power outages have been repaired across the state.

Hundreds of additional crews from unaffected areas in Georgia and from at least seven other states converged to help the EMCs that were hit with the full force of the 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 more than four million people, half of Georgia's population, across 73 percent of the state's land area.

Georgia Transmission, a not-for-profit cooperative owned by 38 EMCs, owns more than 3000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines and more than 600 substations. These facilities deliver power to Georgia's EMCs who serve nearly 50 percent of Georgia's population (4.5 million).