West Point Welcomes Hyundai Dymos America
Governor Nathan Deal announced this week that Hyundai Dymos is opening a manufacturing plant in West Point to supply Kia Motors. The facility will manufacture seats for the new Kia Sorento. Hyundai Dymos will bring a $35,000,000 investment and 350 jobs to the community. This West Point facility will allow them to take the next step in its expansion strategy in the United States. Production is slated to begin in November 2014.
"We are happy that Hyundai Dymos has chosen West Point for the location of their new manufacturing facility. We are looking forward to working with our newest industrial customer and excited about the opportunity this announcement will provide our community through job creation and investment. We are fortunate to have a partner like ECG to work on our behalf and help us with the Customer Choice process", West Point City Manager, Ed Moon says.
ECG's Analytical Team is proud to announce that in addition to Hyundai Dymos locating in West Point, they have also chosen the City of West Point as their electric provider of choice.
Some Customers Can Choose Their Electricity Suppliers
Electricity suppliers compete for large customers
In most of the United States, industries don't have the option of selecting their electricity supplier — but that's not the case in Georgia. The 1973 Georgia Territorial Electric Service Act established retail competition between electricity suppliers in Georgia. This act gives customers with connected loads of 900 kilowatts or greater a choice of electricity supplier.
The act assigns exclusive power supply areas throughout the state. Electric Cities of Georgia works alongside 51 municipal power systems in the state, while the remainder of the state is designated to Georgia Power Company or electric cooperatives.
There are exceptions to these assigned areas that give some new customers their choice of power suppliers. These exceptions are:
- Connected loads of 900 KW or greater at the time of initial full operation excluding redundant equipment, located outside municipal limits, may be supplied by any supplier.
- In areas annexed to a municipality after March 29, 1973, loads of 900 KW or greater may be served by any electric supplier owning lines in the municipality.
- In a wholly new municipality, loads of 900KW or greater are customer choice.
- One supplier's service line (below 120,000 volts) crossing another supplier's assigned area creates "corridor rights."
Customers within the corridor may be able to choose the supplier whose service line their facilities are near. Corridors are established at 300 feet from the line to the customer's premises inside city limits, and 500 feet outside city limits.
Other cases exist that require determination by the electrical suppliers. For example, lines built for the sole purpose of servicing large loads may or may not have corridor rights associated with them.
This competition is made possible in part because Georgia's major power suppliers jointly own the state's transmission lines and substation facilities. The Integrated Transmission System is a joint service agreement among Georgia Transmission Corporation, which provides transmission and associated services to MEAG Power, Georgia's EMCs, Georgia Power Company, and Dalton Utilities. This agreement was designed to reduce the cost of electricity for Georgia consumers by avoiding duplication of facilities and through joint planning to enhance electric service reliability.