Georgia Bulk Transmission Permitting Process (GA)
The steps of the Georgia bulk transmission permitting process are summarized in the chart below. Roll over each section for a summary of the regulations and permits it covers. Click a section to learn more about the required permits and regulations related to that topic.
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Bulk Transmission Development in Georgia
The Georgia electric grid is part of North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) Eastern Interconnection. In Georgia, the Southeastern Electric Reliability Corporation (SERC) is the regional entity, under NERC, charged with developing reliability standards and monitoring compliance for all owners, operators, and users of the bulk electric system. Southern Company Services is the primary balancing authority in Georgia managing the transmission system. In Georgia, the transmission system is an Integrated Transmission System (ITS). Georgia Power Company, Georgia Transmission Corporation, MEAG Power and Dalton Utilities all have ownership interest in the ITS.
In Georgia, there are a number of investor-owned, independent, and cooperative transmission providers, including:
- Georgia Power Company that serves customers in all but four Georgia counties.
- Georgia Transmission Corporation, a subsidiary of Oglethorpe Power Corporation, handles the building and management of transmission lines and infrastructure on behalf of Georgia’s electric membership cooperatives.
- MEAG Power a nonprofit transmission organization whose members consist of municipal electric utilities in the state of Georgia.
- Dalton Utilities a municipal utility which provides service to the City of Dalton and areas of surrounding counties.