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Perspective: Sustaining Reliable Electricity

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We’ve all heard the phrase, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” By spreading your assets across multiple “baskets,” you can lower the risk of being in a dire situation. This commonsense approach also applies to how we ensure you have reliable electricity.  

Our team is always looking ahead, exploring ways to innovate and use new technologies to improve our services. A mix of energy resources used to generate reliable electricity is one critical component. We serve our members with a diverse portfolio of energy from natural gas, coal, hydroelectric resources, solar and nuclear. 

While we’re increasingly using more electricity generated from renewable energy sources, we still rely on natural gas and coal-powered plants to generate electricity to ensure your power remains stable and reliable. 

Nuclear power is among the most dependable sources, generating electricity 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Plant Vogtle supplies nuclear energy to our wholesale power cooperative, Oglethorpe Power. 

Plant Vogtle’s Unit 3 recently started commercial operation and is expected to generate clean, reliable energy for the next 60 to 80 years. Once Vogtle Unit 4 is completed, which we expect next year, those units will generate enough electricity to power an estimated one million homes and businesses in Georgia. 

That’s important because we’re seeing more increased reliance on the electric grid as the economy continues to grow and the increased need for electricity grows with it. Jackson EMC constantly looks toward future growth trends and long-range forecasts to stay on top of the changing energy demands. We plan for the future to ensure we have reliable, affordable, and dependable supply to meet the needs of our growing membership. 

We even have plans for managing the grid through extreme weather conditions– from the heat of summer to the cold of winter. We monitor, analyze and forecast how weather conditions could impact our ability to bring you electricity. Our diverse energy mix plays a fundamental role in providing you with stable electricity regardless of what comes our way. 

As our nation increasingly depends on electricity to power our lives, Jackson EMC is working to anticipate, plan and respond to consumer demand. That’s how we can power your home and community, while continuing to serve as your local energy provider.