East Central Georgia
Your community expects safe, reliable and cost-effective power — and Georgia Transmission continues to invest in critical infrastructure, like the East Central Georgia Reliability Projects, to deliver on those expectations.
We continuously monitor and assess the performance and capability of Georgia’s electric system and make system upgrades when it is determined there is insufficient capacity to meet demand.
The East Central Georgia Reliability Projects were introduced in 2007 but were paused in 2013 as demand and power generation patterns shifted. These projects are being reactivated now to accommodate changes in power generation, including the addition of new solar facilities, and increased demand from residents and businesses.
What To Expect
Schedules for each project will vary and are subject to change, but we expect all projects to be ready for service Q2 2027.
Locations for the substations and routes for the new transmission lines were selected and most of the property and easements needed were purchased before the projects were paused in 2013.
• Additional land acquisition as needed, surveys and public meetings: Q2 – Q4 2023
• Design: Q2 2023 – Q4 2024
• Clearing: Q4 2024 – Q2 2026
• Construction: Q1 2025 – Q2 2027
Public participation is an important part of Georgia Transmission’s siting process for electric transmission projects. Community meetings were held in Morgan, Oconee, Putnam and Walton Counties when these projects were first released in 2007.
We expect to hold public meetings the second half of 2023 in each county to update the community on the proposed reactivated projects . Affected property owners will be notified of the public meetings by certified mail. The meetings will also be advertised in each county's legal organ and posted here.
Maps & Visuals
Building a new transmission line or substation means becoming a permanent part of your community. That’s why we take our responsibility of being a good neighbor seriously. We not only spend time behind the desk analyzing data; we also put boots on the ground to study environmental, historical and cultural conditions. We gather input from the community to make a thoughtful decision that addresses energy needs while minimizing overall impact.
Here are some factors we consider:
• Existing and proposed land uses
• Community input
• Existing corridors
• Environmental conditions
• Engineering constraints
Our transmission line siting methodology co-created with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has received national attention as a model for improving the way utilities determine where to locate transmission lines. The siting methodology was developed with the input of more than 200 representatives from industry organizations, government agencies, and advocacy and citizens groups in the Southeast. The approach has been adopted by several utilities, has been featured in national trade publications and won a national innovation award from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).
Who is Georgia Transmission?
Georgia Transmission is a not-for-profit transmission-only electric cooperative owned by 38 of Georgia’s Electric Membership Corporations (EMCs). We plan, build and maintain the high-voltage electrical infrastructure that delivers power to our state's EMCs, providing electricity to more than 4.4 million Georgians.
Together with Georgia Power, Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG) and Dalton Utilities, we plan and operate Georgia's electric transmission system through the Integrated Transmission System (ITS), ensuring transmission remains efficient and reliable.
Details about the new substations and transmission lines being proposed as part of the East Central Georgia Reliability Projects can be found below.
East Walton 500/230 kV Substation (Walton County)
The parcel for this substation was acquired in 2009 and is located near State Route 186 between Good Hope and North High Shoals.
Bostwick 230 kV Switching Station (Morgan County)
The parcel for this switching station was acquired in 2009 and is located along High Shoals Road about two miles northeast of the intersection with State Route 83.
East Walton – Rockville 500 kV Transmission Line (Walton, Morgan and Putnam Counties)
This project is approximately 46.5 miles long with approximately 15 miles of the transmission line route in Putnam County located in a vacant but maintained right of way purchased from Georgia Power Company. All easements were purchased in 2011.
Bostwick – East Walton 230 kV Transmission Line (Walton and Morgan Counties)
This project is approximately 5.2 miles long. All easements were purchased in 2011. This transmission line will be constructed adjacent to a portion of the proposed East Walton – Rockville Transmission Line corridor.
East Walton – Jack’s Creek 230 kV Transmission Line (Walton County)
This project is approximately 9 miles long. All easements were purchased in 2010.
Bethabara – East Walton 230 kV Transmission Line (Walton and Oconee Counties)
This project is approximately 10.2 miles long. While the majority of the easements were purchased in 2013, some easements still need to be acquired.
If you have additional questions, please contact Public Affairs Director Anne Lerner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770.270.7265