The elected members of the Public Service Commission are scheduled to vote Thursday on a proposal that would require Southern Co. subsidiary Georgia Power to add 525 megawatts of solar energy to its network.
Gov. Nathan Deal says Georgia should be cautious as regulators consider whether to expand solar energy usage. Deal said Tuesday that he is wary of the government mandating what types of energy sources utilities use to meet demand. Public Service Commissioner Lauren "Bubba" McDonald wants a vote Thursday on a plan that would require Southern Co. subsidiary Georgia Power to use more solar power.
The state Public Service Commission is gearing up for a big vote later this week. It's on Georgia Power’s 20-year plan for providing energy to customers. The utility wants to shutter 16 coal- and oil-fired units, but it is drawing criticism for not including more solar energy and other renewables in the mix.
The federal government has granted a third deadline extension to owners of Plant Vogtle to agree to terms for federal loan guarantees of up to $8.3 billion to help finance two new nuclear reactors in Georgia.
The state Public Service Commission votes next week on Georgia Power’s 20-year plan, the road map for providing electricity to 2.4 million customers. That includes the mix of fuels the company will use and the efforts the company undertakes to get customers to use less energy. This happens every few years. But this time, Georgia Power also wants to retire 16 coal- and oil-fired power-generating units at six power plants.
Georgia Power made its final presentations Tuesday to state utility regulators considering the company’s 20-year plan. The company is asking the Georgia Public Service Commission to retire 16 coal- and oil-fired generating units at six power plants.
National Weather Service officials confirmed Friday a tornado touched down in Cherokee County during severe thunderstorms Thursday evening. Georgia Power officials say crews are still working to restore power to about 44,000 customers this afternoon. Most of those customers are in metro Atlanta.
The solar industry in Georgia wants to force an electric monopoly to use more renewable energy. Southern Co. subsidiary Georgia Power is presenting its plans for meeting the state's energy needs over the next 20 years.