Georgia Power brings new smart technology to Valdosta

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WALB) – With all the new technology the world has to offer, Georgia Power thinks it’s time to step it up a notch.

Georgia Power said they are investing in the future of energy by making grids smarter, stronger and more resilient. The new smart circuit will serve approximately 2,500 people in the community.

The new intelligent technology networks will be in Valdosta. Georgia Power said they have already tested this at other locations and some have already seen a 40% improvement in their service.

Georgia Power said there were several reasons they chose this type of investment. They say it will make their energy grid stronger and more resilient.

“Installing some smart devices on one of our underperforming circuits here. And when I say underperforming, it’s had some reliability issues in the past with weather and wildlife, squirrels and things like that,” said Georgia Power regional director Joe Brownlee.

Georgia Power said they are installing this new smart technology across the state of Georgia and are ready to fix any bugs.

Georgia Power said the 2,500 people who will be served by this grid aren’t just residents. It serves an elementary and middle school, a backup generator for South Georgia Medical Center, a hospice center, along with area residents.

“We believe the reliability we are adding to this track will do great things. We know that in some areas where we’ve done this work, we’ve increased reliability by as much as 40%. And we want you to know that we are working for the future of your energy. And this in Valdosta is part of that,” Brownlee said.

Some people who live on Park Avenue — where this new technology is located — said they are excited about the installation and the changes.

“I just recently moved to Georgia, so I haven’t had a power outage yet. Let’s hope we don’t, but not yet. That sounds like a good thing because I mean people don’t have to wait to get power when there are days of power outages. So it sounds like a good thing,” said CorDarius North, a community resident.

Georgia Power said the note network was interconnected. So improving one section helps with the overall energy flow.

“This is part of what we will call the future of energy. Whether it’s from our facilities, to our transmission lines, to our substations and then to the distribution lines that power your home, this is the smart technology that improves the reliability, resilience and overall quality of the power going to your home,” said brownlee.

Some people in the neighborhood said they were fairly new so couldn’t comment on the history of their ministry. But they are interested in seeing the changes due to this new smart technology.

“We recognize that and we will install this smart equipment that will detect errors. Sometimes it fixes bugs without anyone having to roll a truck here. In many cases, it will restore power to as many people as possible and really reduce the number of outages,” Brownlee said.

Georgia Power said this new circuit will do great things in this part of town.

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