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EMCs Continue to Restore Power

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SOURCE Georgia EMC

TUCKER, Ga., Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As of 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 12, the electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) are reporting approximately 45,000 customers without power, down from 60,000 at noon.

The reduction in outages would be even greater but while some areas were repaired, other areas experienced new outages. Nonetheless, crews have been stationed in north and central Georgia and made great progress. Outages have been caused by heavy snowfall and ice forming in some areas which is weighing down tree limbs causing them to fall on power lines.

In anticipation of the storm, EMCs began Monday reviewing crew assignments so they could quickly dispatch help to affected areas. In storm situations, EMCs follow their disaster plans which lay the groundwork for quickly getting help from sister EMCs if it is needed.  All employees and contract crews have been on a heightened state of readiness and quickly mobilized to implement the restoration procedures.

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).

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