Current Program Activities and Benefits

GEFA increases the capacity and quality of Georgia's water supply, coordinates the protection and preservation of Georgia's land resources, and promotes conservation and advancement of Georgia's energy resources. The agency continues to build upon this success through its commitment to protecting Georgia's natural resources and supporting economic development.

Improving Georgia’s Water Resources

  • Projects financed by GEFA in FY2017 provided reliable water and sewer services to 750,000 Georgians.
  • Local governments using GEFA financing saved an estimated $31 million in interest costs over the life of an average 20-year loan in FY2017.
  • The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) awarded 18 loans totaling $60.6 million.
  • The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) awarded 31 loans totaling $50 million.
  • The Georgia Fund 22 loans totaling $16.9 million.
  • Provided financing to 64 communities with 10 being first-time borrowers.
  • Five emergency loans were executed for communities facing imminent public health hazards due to failing infrastructure.

Protecting Georgia’s Land Resources

  • The Georgia Conservation Tax Credit Program facilitated six conservation easement donations protecting more than 2,700 acres of land.
  • Awarded the city of Brookhaven a $5.7 million loan to acquire and protect 33 acres of forested land.
  • In FY2017, the Fuel Storage Tank Program (FSTP) provided oversight and monitoring services for 682 fuel storage tanks at more than 20 state agencies and departments.
  • Conducted underground storage tank operator and compliance trainings at approximately 60 state facilities and passed 32 compliance inspections.
  • Completed the annual registration for 342 state-owned underground fuel storage tanks.
  • Installed a new 20,000-gallon jet fuel tank at Fulton County Airport-Brown Field for the Georgia Aviation Authority.

Conserving Georgia’s Energy Resources

  • GEFA continued its role of coordinating and leading the emergency support function #12 (ESF-12) in tropical and winter storms, and numerous emergency exercises.
  • Awarded Savannah Technical College a $233,000 matching grant to create an educational program for students to gain knowledge in installing, inspecting, and repairing solar panels.
  • Six state agencies moved forward with Energy Performance Contracts.
  • Awarded three communities $75,000 in grant funds for biogas feasibility studies.
  • The Weatherization Assistance Program completed weatherization retrofits to 752 units—impacting 1,309 people—with estimated energy savings of 22,936 MBtu.
  • Consolidated from 16 to 14 weatherization agencies throughout the state and conducted two manufactured housing training sessions.

For more information, view GEFA's annual report.