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Utilities

Electricity Providers

Electricity service in Athens-Clarke County is provided by Georgia Power Company and three Electric Membership Corporations (EMCs): Jackson EMC, Rayle EMC, and Walton EMC. Electric rates in Georgia are among lowest in the southeast. Coal accounts for about 27% of the fuel used by the state's power generating plants. This assures long-term continuity. New businesses locating in Georgia with connected loads of at least 900 kW can choose among three competing power suppliers.

Natural Gas

Georgia has undergone deregulation of the natural gas utility industry. Natural gas is available in industrial quantities on both a firm and an interruptible basis and distributed by Atlanta Gas Light Company. The Georgia Public Service Commission (GPSC) maintains a list of currently approved gas marketers for the State of Georgia. You can contact the GPSC by calling 800-282-5813 or visiting their website.

Water & Sewer

Supplier

Capacity

Average

Excess

Athens-Clarke County Public Utilities Department 36 mgd 14 mgd 22 mgd
North Oconee Waste Water Treatment 14 mgd 7.1 mgd 6.9 mgd
Middle Oconee Waste Water Treatment 10 mgd 4.6 mgd 5.4 mgd

Telecommunications

As the incumbent exchange provider for the Athens area, AT&T provides a complete menu of state-of-the-art telecommunications services through its extensive fiber network. Additionally ITC Deltacom, Charter Communications and Parker Fibernet offer fiber based services in Clarke County. Each of the four providers maintains at least one point of presence (PoP) in the county.

Cellular providers serving Athens include AT&T, T-mobile, Sprint, Verizon and Metro PCS. AT&T and Verizon also offer 4G LTE services in Athens.