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Georgia Power advances due to state wide improvement plan

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The recent completion of a statewide smart grid improvement product is causing Georgia Power customers to have an increased reliability.

The project was conducted through a multiyear Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG), awarded by the Department of Energy (DOE).

The $109 million project includes funds from the DOE and from Georgia Power as part of a larger $165 million agreement between Southern Company and the DOE under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for improvements throughout the company's four-state service territory.

Georgia Power has made many advancements through this project, such as creating 73 self-healing networks made up of 174 feeders.

These networks can automatically isolate problems and restore power to unaffected areas and help decrease disruptions with service.

There has been a direct impact on customer reliability, including recognizing outages and outage locations more quickly, improved restoration times when service is interrupted, increased efficiency of the grid, and optimized grid operations.

"These enhancements to our grid and processes are allowing us to work smarter across our system and better serve all of our customers throughout the state," said Leslie Sibert, Vice President of Distribution for Georgia Power, in a statement. "Although our customers are already seeing a positive impact on reliability and service, this project will continue to provide economic and environmental benefits for the growing state of Georgia for years to come."

The project has saved Georgia Power more than 635,000 miles through September 2013. It deferred the need for an additional 200 megawatts of generation, and avoided 61,000 truck tips for service calls.

Also, carbon dioxide emissions have been reduced by more than 4,000 tons, including generation reduction, and nearly $3.5 million in costs for the company have been avoided.

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