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Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 9:46am

Georgia Utilities Get Millions to Upgrade Energy Grid

The Department of Energy just poured millions of stimulus dollars into utilities across the state.

It’s part of a nationwide effort to upgrade the country’s energy grid and make it more efficient.

Southern Company who owns Georgia Power got $167 million to implement smart grid technology... basically infusing its current system with digital technology that allows for real time information.

Spokesperson Steve Higgenbottom says this will save energy as it travels from one place to the next which ultimately has an environmental impact.

“It will reduce the loss of electricity from the generation plant to home and businesses, so what this does is makes generating plants more efficient and by that you can reduce carbon emissions.”

Higgenbottom says the company will also be able to respond more quickly to power demands and outages.

The Tri-State Electric Membership Coop in north Georgia got $12 million to start a smart meter program where customers can see how much electricity they’re using and how much it’s costing them.

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