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 Key Issues

​Power lines might not be out of sight, but they are out of mind for most people until one of two things happens: the power goes out or a utility plans to build one near us. As for outages, most Georgians are fortunate enough to have sufficient power generation, transmission and distribution facilities to produce a reliable electric system. As the state nearly doubled its electric demand in the last 20 years, the construction of power plants, substations and power lines has ensured the syste​m remains reliable. 
Occasional not-in-my-backyard (NIMBY) opposition to transmission line construction has created common misconceptions about high-voltage power lines, from health effects of EMF to underground construction. This section provides information on some of the misunderstood aspects of our business.
What is electric transmission? >>

A glance at how power gets to you, what transmission power lines look like and other general information.

Demand and reliability >>

Understanding the effects that growing population and energy use have on the system, and steps taken to keep our fluorescent light more dependable than sunlight.

Power line safety >>

Power line safety tips are provided, including information on a law that requires people to call the Utility Protection Center at least three days before doing work within 10 feet of a high-voltage line.

Electric and magnetic fields (EMF) >>

Our policy statement on EMF and a link to the National Institutes of Health’s booklet on the issue.

Underground construction >>

Why distribution power lines are commonly built underground, and transmission lines are not.

Eminent domain >>

Eminent domain is used infrequently. See the latest statistics and learn what procedures we follow.

Environment >>

See how we protect the environment when building, and what we’re doing to protect the state’s cultural sites, wildlife, endangered species and more. Apply today for a grant for improving habitat in a right of way.

FAQ >>

Answers to other frequently asked questions.​​

Path of electricity

Power plant to light socket at nearly 186,000 miles per second

slide show >>​​​​


What our transmission power lines look like

types of lines​ >>


Wires, insulators, cable TV lines and more

on the lines >>