Georgia Power works every day to keep reliability high across the state and, during fall planting season, reminds customers that making the right landscaping choices can decrease the likelihood of a power outage.
During summer thunderstorms and winter ice storms, and even sunny days, tree limbs that come in contact with power lines can interrupt service. Ensuring that power lines are clear of trees and brush also provides easier access to the company's power lines, which means quicker restoration of power during storms.
As shown in the accompanying illustration, Georgia Power recommends dividing your yard into three specific planting zones:
• Tall Zone (trees 60 feet or higher)
• Medium Zone (trees no taller than 40 feet), and
• Low Zone (trees and shrubs no taller than 25 feet)
• Trees and shrubs in the Low Zone may be planted 15 feet from electric utility wires.
With fall planting, Georgia Power also reminds customers of the importance of calling 811 before they dig. The company works with Georgia 811 to ensure that projects are safe and comply with the “Georgia Dig Law.” The law requires that workers contact Georgia 811 before digging to have all underground utility lines (such as power, communications, gas and water lines) clearly marked. Georgia residents can call the free service at 8-1-1 or (800)-282-7411, or submit an electronic request at www.Georgia811.com.
In addition to helping customers select the right trees and shrubs to plant, Georgia Power maintains 160,000 line acres and 24,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines under guidelines set by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). These maintenance activities are an essential part of the company’s commitment to ensuring reliable service for 2.6 million customers in every corner of the state.
About Georgia Power
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the Company's promise to 2.6 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, 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), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).