Paulding County is home to some of the most affordable and dependable utility providers in the Southeast United States. Georgia is one of the few states in the nation that allows competition between its electric power and natural gas suppliers, offering Paulding County businesses attractive rates on utilities.
The transmission and distribution systems for electric, natural gas, water, sewer, and fiber in Paulding provide for ample supply, high reliability, and overlapping service methods. All of this adds to Paulding’s attractive business climate and outstanding location for business.
Georgia’s customer choice allows for most businesses with a 900 kW load or greater and locating in a building without a prior utility connection to take advantage of customer choice for electric service. This allows for extremely competitive electric pricing from Paulding County’s four electric providers: Carroll EMC, Cobb EMC, Georgia Power and GreyStone Power.
Georgia Power, a division of the Southern Company, is an investor-owned, tax-paying utility that serves 2.25 million customers throughout Georgia. Georgia Power is the largest of four electric utilities that make up the Southern Company and has been providing electricity to Georgia for more than a century at rates well below the national average.
GreyStone Power, Carroll EMC and Cobb EMC are member-owned electric cooperatives dedicated to providing its members with the best electric service at the lowest possible rates. The electric cooperatives are locally owned and operated, which allows members/consumers to receive responsive and focused service seven days a week. These firms have made sizable investments in their distribution system, equipped with automated transfer switches and redundant paths to homes and places of business to assure our high reliability.
Depending on the location, water and sewer needs in Paulding are provided either by the Paulding County Water and Sewer Department or the City of Dallas (PCED). PCED works directly with new and expanding businesses to assist them with establishing water and sewer service for their operations.
Paulding County has 10,000,000 gallons per day (10 MGD) of water and 3,500,000 gallons per day (3.5 MGD) of sewer available for industrial and commercial users. Individual location amount vary but for many of Paulding County’s industrial locations there is an availability of 2,000,000 gallons per day (2 MGD) of water and 750,000 gallons per day (0.75 MGD) of sewer. Paulding’s water and sewer availability allows water and sewer intensive industries to thrive and grow.
The City of Dallas is in the process of undergoing an expansion of its sewer system, increasing sewer capacity and gallons available for commercial and industrial users. The new Richland Creek Reservoir will be built in north Paulding County. The 305-acre, $86 million project will provide 35,000,000 gallons per day (35 MGD) of water and 3.43 billion gallons of water storage.
Paulding County’s commercial and industrial water and sewer fees and rates can be accessed here.
For new and expanding businesses that are large water or sewer users and that will create a significant number of new jobs and capital investment, the Paulding County Board of Commissioners will consider a reduced water and/or sewer rates, as well as a reduction or waiver of water tap fees.
Natural gas service is available at all of Paulding’s industrial and commercial locations. Atlanta Gas Light supplies and maintains the lines. Several natural gas providers are available in Paulding and businesses have customer choice in the selection of a provider. The largest gas providers in the county are Atlanta Gas Light and Gas South.
Foremost amongst Paulding County’s current economic development efforts are its fiber communications and New Generation Networks (NGN), or broadband convergence networks. Fiber networks have become the industry standard for modern business communications, and Paulding stands ready with an infrastructure designed to manage the integral data and server centers of the future.
Paulding County has one of the largest broadband networks in the nation with the Appalachian Valley Fiber Network project, which was completed in the 2012. This federally funded project extended broadband service to Paulding’s commercial and industrial areas allowing the County’s business community to have access to the latest fiber services and technology.