Whitepath Electric Reliability – Georgia Transmission

Whitepath Electric Reliability

Meeting the Need for Reliable Power

At Georgia Transmission, it’s our mission to help keep the lights on across Georgia. Working with the local EMCs, we serve and strengthen communities by safely ensuring reliable, affordable electricity is available at the flip of a switch.

We know that intermittent power outages occur in the Gilmer County area and impact the homes, farms and other businesses that depend on reliable power. Georgia Transmission has been working closely with Amicalola EMC to look for solutions to address this issue.

These outages are largely due to the distance and terrain that the two electric circuits serving the area have to travel across, so one of our solutions is the addition of the Whitepath Sub-Transmission Line and associated Substation. This will help prevent voltage drops during peak use and keep the lights on for hundreds more people.

The Whitepath project is just one component of a broader effort to improve service to Amicalola EMC members in the Gilmer County area.

Next Steps Toward a Solution

Listening to community voices is an essential part of everything we do, which is why Georgia Transmission is collaborating with public officials and keeping a listening ear toward the concerns of local residents.

Two open house public meetings will be held in September to offer the community an opportunity to speak directly with subject matter experts, ask questions, and provide input. The drop-in open house meetings will be identical in content and format, and you are invited to drop in to any of the meetings whenever it is convenient during these hours:

  • September 14, 2021 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • September 14, 2021 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

All meetings will be held at the Gilmer County Civic Center, 1559 South Main Street, Ellijay, GA 30540.

Please note the following public health measures will be in place at the meeting:

  • Meeting space will allow for proper social distancing;
  • Attendees who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to wear an appropriate personal protection face covering while in the meeting facility;
  • Hand sanitizer will be available and all surfaces/materials will be sanitized frequently.

We respectfully ask that you refrain from attending if you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or believe you may have been exposed in the 14 days prior to the meeting. If you would prefer to provide your input via telephone rather than attend the meeting in person, please call 470-542-7949 anytime during the meeting hours on any of the dates of the public meetings and your input will be recorded for the official meeting transcript.

Additional Questions

If you have additional questions, or would like more information, please contact Terry Cole, Public Affairs Director at terry.cole@gatrans.com or 770-270-7283.