Georgia Power encourages customers to choose the right trees and shrubs this fall
Company highlights the importance of planting the right trees and shrubs around homes, power lines
ATLANTA, Oct. 12, 2020 /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 can decrease the likelihood of a power outage.
During summer thunderstorms and winter ice storms, and even sunny days, tree limbs that come in contact with power lines can interrupt service. Ensuring that power lines are clear of trees and brush also provides easier access to the company's power lines, which means quicker restoration of power during storms.
As shown in the accompanying illustration, Georgia Power recommends dividing your yard into three specific planting zones:
With fall planting, Georgia Power also reminds customers of the importance of calling 811 before they dig. The company works with Georgia 811 to ensure that projects are safe and comply with the "Georgia Dig Law." The law requires that workers contact Georgia 811 before digging to have all underground utility lines (such as power, communications, gas and water lines) clearly marked. Georgia residents can call the free service at 8-1-1 or (800)-282-7411, or submit an electronic request at www.Georgia811.com.
In addition to helping customers select the right trees and shrubs 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 part of the company's commitment to ensuring reliable service for 2.6 million customers in every corner of the state.
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