U.S. Senate To Celebrate Electric Utility Linemen

              U.S. Senate To Celebrate Electric Utility Linemen

PR Newswire

Apr. 17

                 Line crews from Georgia Power, electric membership
                 cooperatives, municipal systems, Electric Cities of Georgia,
WHO: MEAG Power and other utilities will gather Thursday as
                 elected officials celebrate the work and dedication of
                 electric utility linemen from across the state.
                 The U.S. Senate recently passed Senate Resolution 95 for the
                 designation of National Lineman Appreciation Day on April 18,
                 2013. U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson introduced the resolution
WHAT:  to recognize linemen, the profession of lineman, and the
                 contributions of these brave men and women who protect public
                 safety and ensure a reliable supply of electricity for homes
                 and businesses.
WHEN:   Thursday, April 18, 1-3 p.m.
WHERE:     Griffin Kiwanis Building
                 1025 S. Hill Street
                 Griffin, Ga. 30224
                 The profession of linemen is steeped in personal, family and
WHY: professional tradition. They are often first responders
                 during storms and other catastrophic events, working to make
                 the scene safe for other public safety workers.
                 Linemen often work in treacherous conditions far from their
                 families to construct and maintain the energy infrastructure,
                 working with thousands of volts of electricity high atop
                 poles and power lines 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
                 It's fitting that National Lineman Appreciation Day comes on
                 the heels of the work these linemen accomplished during major
                 weather events including Superstorm Sandy, ice storms,
                 hurricanes and devastating tornadoes which hit Georgia and
                 the east coast in recent months.
VIDEO:  Photos and interviews with linemen and a number of elected
CONTACT:        Carol Boatright
                 Georgia Power
                 Elaine Koster
                 MEAG Power
                 Suzanne Powell
                 Electric Cities of Georgia
                 Terri Statham
                 Georgia Electric Membership Corp.
                 Electric Cities of Georgia  provides economic and strategic
                 services to community-owned utility systems that sell public
                 power. As an advocate of local communities' infrastructural
                 and economic success, ECG partners with municipalities and
ABOUT:    industry experts to find cost-effective solutions that
                 benefit the city, the community and utility customers.
                 Recognizing that a community-owned utility infuses the local
                 economy, ECG exists to provide resources to ensure structural
                 reliability and economic success.
                 The Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG Power) is a
                 public generation and transmission organization providing
                 power to 49 Georgia communities with annual electric sales of
                 $753 million and 10.7 million megawatt-hours of delivered
                 energy in 2011.
                 Georgia EMC is the statewide trade association representing
                 the state's 42 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 Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company,
                 one of the nation's largest generators of electricity. The
                 company is an investor-owned, tax-paying utility with rates
                 well below the national average. Georgia Power serves 2.4
                 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties.

/PRNewswire -- April 17, 2013/


Website: http://www.georgiaemc.com
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