Georgia Power encourages customers to choose the right tree this fall
Company highlights the importance of planting the right trees around homes, power lines
ATLANTA, Oct. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 may help decrease the likelihood of a power outage in the event of a storm.
Just last month, Hurricane Irma's high winds toppled an estimated nearly 2,500 trees – illustrating why tree choice and placement is important. Ensuring that power lines are clear of trees and brush also provides easier access to the company's power lines, which could mean quicker restoration of power during storms.
In addition to helping customers select the right trees 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 piece of the company's commitment to ensuring reliable service for 2.5 million customers in every corner of the state.
Other free tools and resources from Georgia Power include the Outage & Storm Center at www.georgiapower.com/storm, where customers can sign up for Outage Alerts and report and check the status of outage. The Outage & Storm Center also features a variety of storm safety and preparation information, as well as an interactive Outage Map which provides near real-time information on where outages are occurring across the state, as well as estimated restoration times.
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