|Regulators Want to Know If Georgia Power Considered a Microgrid for the Atlanta Airport|
By Elisa Wood | December 21, 2017
State regulators want to know if Georgia Power had considered a microgrid “for such a critical customer” as the Atlanta airport before this week’s 11-hour electrical outage.
The question was among a series that the staff of the Georgia Public Service Commission sent to the utility this week about the December 17 outage that crippled the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (Docket No. 36989). The power outage led to the cancellation of more than 1,000 flights at the world’s busiest airport. The airport lost power after a fire broke out in a service tunnel under the airport.
The letter asks the utility if it has studied the feasibility of installing a microgrid or will do so, given its acquisition of PowerSecure, a company experienced in constructing microgrids. Georgia Power’s parent, Southern Company, purchased PowerSecure in February 2016 for $431 million.
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