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Georgia has a competitive open market for electricity power suppliers including 52 municipal owned, 41 cooperatives and an investor-owned utility. These companies offer highly reliable electrical service using redundant transmission, substations and/or feeder circuits. The Integration Transmission System (ITS), jointly owned by the state’s major power suppliers was designed to reduce the cost of electricity for Georgia consumers by avoiding duplication of facilities and through joint planning to enhance electric service reliability.
Georgia Electricity Providers: Customer Choice
Although the state is not officially a “deregulated” market, industrial/commercial customers with a connected load of 900 killowatts or greater can choose their supplier from any of the state’s electricity providers. The 1973 Georgia Territorial Electric Service Act established retail competition between electric suppliers.This “open market” system has allowed Georgia to remain highly competitive in terms of power costs and services.
A property’s location, relative to city limits as of March 29, 1973, helps determine its eligibility for customer choice electrical service. If the property falls outside the city limits (as defined on that date), any electricity supplier may bid for electric load that is 900 kilowatt connected load or greater. Each property is unique and requires due diligence as it relates to the Georgia Territorial Electric Service Act.