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Behind the Numbers: The countless ways linemen help provide reliable electricity

Jackson EMC linemen help keep the lights on for members 24/7, 365 days a year. That’s a big job, considering Jackson EMC provides electricity to more than 240,000 meters across 10 counties in northeast Georgia.

In observance of April as Lineman Appreciation Month, we’re highlighting numbers related to our power distribution system, and the linemen who build and maintain it.

  • 182,156 power poles across the cooperative with 81 substations.
  • 154 equipment items including excavators, trailers, forklifts, etc. operated by Jackson EMC.
  • 14,458 miles of power lines with 6,703 miles on overhead lines with 7,755 miles underground. 
  • 24,331 combined hours of overtime worked by Jackson EMC linemen in 2020.
  • 30 average number of pounds of equipment linemen carry when working on top of a pole.
  • 250 times Jackson EMC traveled out-of-service area to restore power in other areas, including fellow cooperatives, in the past 5 years.
  • 4 average hours it takes for linemen to replace a broken power pole.
  • 135 Jackson EMC linemen with 1,924 combined years of years.
  • 7 years of training to become a journeyman lineman.
  • 104 Jackson EMC trucks bucket and digger/derrick trucks drive a combined average of 115,597 miles per month.