Georgia Power sets winter peak demand record
Company infrastructure meets challenge of 60+ hours of sub-freezing
temperatures and heightened demand
ATLANTA, Jan. 10, 2014
ATLANTA, Jan. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Georgia Power announced today that, on
Tuesday, Jan. 7, the company marked a new record for winter peak demand.
Between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. EST, estimated preliminary peak demand for
electricity averaged approximately 16,859 megawatts (MW), exceeding the
company's previous Dec. 14, 2010 winter peak demand record of 15,806 MW by
more than 1,000 MW. The peak corresponded directly with the lowest
temperatures of the week, with morning temperatures in many parts of the state
in the single digits.
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In order to ensure adequate power supply for all customers during the extended
period of record-breaking low temperatures, the company brought additional
generation online prior to the arrival of the frigid weather. The company also
worked around the clock to carefully monitor power loads on circuits and had
crews and engineering teams on call to respond to any potential issues or
"The ability to quickly coordinate and respond to potential threats across our
network is part of our great strength as a company," said John Pemberton,
senior vice president and senior production officer for Georgia Power.
"Weather such as this reinforces the need for us to continue to invest in our
infrastructure including multiple sources of generation and advanced 'smart
grid' technologies in order to deliver safe and reliable power to customers."
About Georgia Power
Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), one of
the nation's largest generators of electricity. Value, Reliability, Customer
Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.4
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, 21st century coal and natural gas, as well as
renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Consistently recognized as
a leader in customer service, Georgia Power was recently ranked highest in
overall business customer satisfaction among large utilities in the South by
J.D. Power and Associates. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com
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