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Southern Company Driving Transportation Electrification
Using new technologies and powering equipment with electricity at Georgia’s Busiest Port and Airport
March 2016

​As the home of the largest single container terminal in North America, Georgia’s Port of Savannah serves as an ideal location for Southern Company to demonstrate how using new technologies and powering equipment with electricity can improve efficiency, while reducing emissions. 
The Port of Savannah, through the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA), was the first to electrify ship-to-shore cranes, ushering in a cleaner and more efficient method of operation. Georgia Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, worked in conjunction with GPA, Kone Cranes, Wampler, and the Electric Power Research Institute to develop the new technology, which reduces fuel consumption by an estimated 95 percent and is the latest in a series of GPA initiatives designed to increase the productivity and capacity of the port in environmentally responsible ways.

The port will continue to add to the fleet of electric cranes in the port’s container yard operations—moving the port closer to achieving an all-electric crane fleet of approximately 170. When complete, the all-electric crane fleet will allow GPA to avoid the use of 6 million gallons of diesel each year, resulting in a net savings of nearly $10 million annually. The hourly operating cost of the port’s electric cranes is about 85 percent less than diesel. 
At Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport, Delta Airlines has worked to fully equip its new international terminal with a fully electric ground support fleet, helping to reduce emissions and provide clean and reliable operations. Southern Company worked closely with the airport and Delta Airlines to install the charging infrastructure needed for the electric ground support equipment.