Owned by 38 of the state’s 41 electric membership cooperatives (EMCs)
Electric transmission for Georgia’s electric co-ops (power consists of power generation, electric transmission and electric distribution)
Load record: 9,294 megawatt hours (summer, 2007); about 1/3rd of state’s electric demand
Senior executive: Jerry Donovan, president and CEO
About 285 full-time employees
Began in 1974 as the transmission arm of Oglethorpe Power Corp.
Became a separate co-op in 1997
More than 3,100 miles of transmission lines
More than 700 substations (transmission and distribution)
Provide reliable, affordable electric transmission and associated services to 38 EMCs
Plan, build and maintain high-voltage lines and substations to ensure reliable transmission of power and compliance with federal electric reliability standards.
Jointly plan and operate the state’s power grid with Georgia’s other major electric utility groups through the Integrated Transmission System.
Georgia’s 38 electric membership cooperatives (EMCs)
Oglethorpe Power Corp., a not-for-profit power generation co-op owned by 38 of Georgia’s EMCs
Other power suppliers, power marketers and independent power producers
Georgia Transmission builds $100 million in construction and maintenance each year to keep pace with demand.
Georgia’s population grew from 6.5 million in 1990 to nearly 10 million people today.
Per capita energy demand has grown at a faster pace than the population. From 2000 to 2010, the state’s population grew by 18 percent and energy demand grew by 23 percent.
The Georgia Office of Planning and Budget projects the state’s population will increase by 4.6 million people in the next 20 years, about the same as the populations of Nevada and Nebraska combined.
Under ITS agreements, transmission facilities in the state are jointly planned and operated by Georgia Transmission, Georgia Power Company, MEAG Power and Dalton Utilities
Facilities are separately built, owned and maintained
Established in 1974, the agreements prevent duplication of investment and expenses
Covers about 17,500 miles of the state’s 18,500 miles of transmission lines. (1,000 miles owned by TVA and former Savannah Electric)
Not-for-profit, customer-owned electric utilities
41 EMCs in Georgia serve 1.7 million homes, businesses, farms and schools
Serve about 4.1 million people, nearly half the state’s population
Service territory is 73 percent of Georgia in 157 of 159 counties
More than 5,000 employees
Pay more than $600 million in local, state and federal taxes