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We know that plans for new power lines can be upsetting, and we work hard to understand community sensibilities and to minimize impacts. Most lines we build undergo some adjustments to meet landowners’ or a community’s needs. We are proud to say that we have an exemplary record of being responsive to community concerns.
Our land agents work closely with each potentially affected land owner, and we frequently send representatives to speak to local civic groups, homeowners associations, business groups and others. We occasionally work in small groups of interested parties to discuss plans and alternatives for upcoming construction projects. We also conduct free on-site magnetic field readings for affected landowners and EMC customers. To find out more, please contact External Affairs at (770) 270-7050.
We send letters to county commissions and state legislators before most power line construction projects, offering to visit and explain our plans. We work closely with elected officials and other civic leaders for months, and sometimes years, prior to finalizing plans.
We advertise and conduct at least one public meeting in each affected county for transmission line projects of 115-kilovolts or larger and a mile or longer. Since Georgia’s legislature required public meetings and other public information requirements in 2004, we’ve hosted thousands of people at more than 100 meetings throughout the state.
For maps and other information on construction projects, please contact us at (770) 270-7835 and ask for a member of the project team for your area. Our contact page lists who to reach for maintenance, vendor, employment and other inquiries.