Electric Facilities

Dalton Utilities has provided the City of Dalton with electricity since 1898. We get our electricity from three sources: First, we own partial interests in four nuclear and two coal-fired power plants. Secondly, we purchase hydroelectric power from the Southeastern Power Administration (SEPA). Thirdly, we purchase blocks of wholesale power to meet peak demand.

As one of the joint owners of the Georgia Integrated Transmission System, Dalton Utilities has access to a huge network of electrical transmission lines that run throughout the State of Georgia. In addition to our nine substations, 350 miles of distribution lines delivers electricity safely and reliably to your business or home.

From 1960 to 1975, electrical use exploded in tandem with the growing carpet industry. In 1976, Dalton Utilities purchased partial ownership in two nuclear (Plant Vogtle and Plant Hatch) and two fossil-fueled (Plant Scherer and Plant Wansley) electric generating plants and became one of the four members of the Georgia Integrated Transmission System with Georgia Power, MEAG, and Oglethorpe Power. Today, Dalton Utilities has purchased a percentage of two new nuclear units being constructed at Plant Vogtle. Additionally, the Utility has partnered with Georgia Power to build the largest solar project in Georgia on our Land Application System.

Dalton Utilities’ Electric System is Fully Integrated:

Generation

    • Owned generation – Dalton Utilities owns partial interest in two nuclear (Hatch & Vogtle) and two coal-fired (Wansley & Scherer) power plants. We also own interest in two new nuclear units being constructed at Plant Vogtle.
    • Southeastern Power Administration (SEPA) sells Dalton Utilities hydroelectric power.
    • Southern Wholesale Energy sells blocks of power to Dalton Utilities to meet peak demand requirements.
    • Dalton Utilities purchases solar energy from Georgia Power – produced on a 700kw solar farm located on the Utility’s own Land Application System. Additionally, we produce 100kw of solar energy on the roofs of our office building and drive-thru.
Transmission
    • Dalton Utilities is one of our joint owners of the Georgia Integrated Transmission System
    • Dalton Utilities owns three high-voltage transmission substations and 309.5 miles of high voltage transmission lines (46, 115 & 230kV)
Distribution
  • Dalton Utilities owns nine 12kV Distribution substations with a total of 544 MVA
  • Dalton Utilities owns 280.6 miles of 12kV distribution lines