$249M Federal Grant to Enhance Electric Grid Resilience in Georgia


Summary: Georgia receives a $249 million federal grant to improve power grid resilience and implement battery storage solutions, reducing power outages and optimizing electricity distribution.

The state of Georgia has been awarded a $249 million federal grant aimed at enhancing the resilience of its power grid and implementing battery storage technology. The grant, announced by U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, will be channeled through a state agency to entities owned by electric cooperatives in Georgia.

Oglethorpe Power Corp., Georgia Transmission Corp., Georgia System Operations, and Green Power EMC have committed a total of $507 million to various projects, with $250 million coming from the federal grant. Georgia Transmission, responsible for transmitting electricity to cooperatives, plans to invest over $300 million in expanding transmission lines and installing batteries at six substations. This will ensure reliable electricity supply, even if a transmission line fails. Oglethorpe Power, which generates power for cooperatives, will allocate $160 million to construct three battery storage facilities with a combined capacity of 25 megawatts.

If approved by member cooperatives, these facilities will be located in the Atlanta suburbs of Douglasville, Covington, and Duluth. By storing excess energy generated by solar power during peak periods, these facilities will optimize the use of solar electricity. Along with grid control systems to mitigate outages, the grant also aims to improve energy efficiency, thus lowering energy bills for consumers.

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