Chamber Member Spotlight: Georgia Power
Atlanta was one of the first cities in Georgia to demand electric lighting. In 1883, its citizens organized and promoted the formation of an electric company, Georgia Electric Light Company of Atlanta. In 1891, an Atlanta banker named Henry Atkinson became a shareholder in Georgia Electric Light Company of Atlanta and a year later, he quietly accumulated enough stock to take control of the operation. Atkinson completely rebuilt the electric system of his new company, installing 800 arc lights and 2,000 incandescent lights and constructing a steam generating plant to provide more power. Half the plant’s output ran street lights; the rest powered electric street cars. As the industry and demand for electricity grew, it wasn’t long before Atkinson recognized the need for further consolidation. In 1902, he hired a young Atlanta lawyer, Preston S. Arkwright, to charter a company called Georgia Railway and Electric Company and consolidate many of the street car lines and their generating plants into the new firm. This company is the beginning of what came to be known as Georgia Power.
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America’s premier energy company. Value, reliability, customer service, and stewardship are the cornerstones of the company’s promise to 2.6 million customers in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable, and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal, and natural gas as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric, and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day, and the company is recognized by J.D. Power as an industry leader in customer satisfaction.
Georgia Power employs 7,000 people and is the largest electric utility in the state. The company’s goal is outstanding customer service and customer satisfaction while providing power for prices well below the national average. High reliability, low prices, and high customer satisfaction are cornerstones of their customer commitment, but it doesn’t end there. Georgia Power is equally dedicated to giving back to the communities they serve. In 2019, the Georgia Power Foundation donated $18.9M to 1,400 organizations and nonprofits that support the community. Additionally, their employees and retirees contributed service hours equal to $3.1M. In 2020, the Foundation donated $1 million to COVID-19 relief across the state to support causes related to homelessness, food insecurity, and job displacement.
When asked why Georgia Power is a member of the chamber, Greg Hudgins, Local Area Manager stated, “Georgia Power recognizes the importance of small businesses & industry in our communities, and the Swainsboro-Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce looks to enhance the economic prosperity of members. The Chamber works to grow members’ businesses and provide information to set the members up for success.”
406 E. Oxley Blvd.
Vidalia, GA 30474