Georgia Power generation facilities prepared for Hurricane Michael
ATLANTA, Oct. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Power's power plants statewide are prepared to maintain safe generation of energy for millions of customers across the state during and following Hurricane Michael. In addition, the company is prepared to respond to power outages that may occur due to the storm as quickly and safely as possible with additional resources available as part of the Southern Company system, which includes multiple electric and gas companies serving more than 9 million customers.
Electric generating plants, including coal, natural gas and nuclear plants are built to be robust and highly secure. Power plants incorporate multiple layers of protection including structural strength, highly trained operators and security forces, and proven emergency plans.
U.S. nuclear plants' safety systems are designed to withstand significant hazard events, including hurricane force winds and flooding. Georgia's two nuclear plants, Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro and Plant Hatch near Vidalia, are equipped with numerous redundant safety systems to prevent or respond to emergencies, including backup power resources such as DC battery banks and diesel generators. Plants Vogtle and Hatch also feature onsite FLEX domes which are designed to withstand an earthquake, a direct hit by a tornado, or airborne flying objects during severe weather. The FLEX domes house portable generators, pumps, communication equipment, refueling equipment, and other resources that might be needed if the power supply to the plant were interrupted for an extended period of time. Additionally, both plants have comprehensive emergency preparedness plans in place developed in accordance with federal requirements by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and other oversight agencies.
At the construction site of the two new nuclear units at Plant Vogtle, teams are conducting walk downs of the site to identify and secure potential hazards that could result from heavy winds. Later today, crane booms will be lowered, and when appropriate, pumps would be utilized to help mitigate flooding. Weather plans are in place to ensure the site and employees remain safe before, during and after the storm.
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Just last year, Hurricane Irma broke or damaged approximately 1,500 power poles, and more than 2,400 trees brought down nearly 230 miles of wire across the state. Georgia Power restored power to nearly one million customers impacted by Hurricane Irma quickly and safely by fully deploying company resources and leveraging the mutual assistance network in the week following the storm.
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Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).
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