Georgia Power announced that the company has completed a $109 million smart grid improvement project.
Georgia Power says its customers are starting 2014 with increased reliability due to the recent completion of a statewide smart grid improvement project conducted through a multiyear Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) awarded by the Department of Energy (DOE).
The $109 million project, which includes $52.5 million in funds from the DOE and $56.5 million from the company, is part of a larger $165 million agreement between Southern Company and the DOE under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for improvements throughout the company's four-state service territory.
Georgia Power says it has created 73 self-healing networks made up of 174 feeders. Self-healing networks that can automatically isolate problems and restore power to unaffected areas have helped decrease service disruptions.
Overall, the improvements have had a direct impact on customer reliability including faster recognition of outages and outage locations, improved restoration times when service is interrupted, increased efficiency of the grid and optimized grid operations.
The project has helped Georgia Power defer the need for an additional 200 megawatts of generation and avoid 61,000 truck trips for service calls, totaling more than 635,000 saved miles,
Carbon dioxide emissions have been reduced by more than 4,000 tons, including generation reduction, and nearly $3.5 million in costs for the company have been avoided.