The Georgia Department of Transportation last week signed a contract to build the last nine-or-so miles of the Fall Line Freeway. Communities along the route are hopeful better access via the four-lane highway will mean new growth and new companies come to their areas.
The coalition of electric membership cooperatives planning a new coal plant in Washington County are off the hook for the rest of the plant’s planning and development costs. The newest partner in the plan has agreed to pay the rest.
A coalition of Electric Membership Cooperatives is pulling out of Plant Ben Hill in South Georgia. However, the coalition has reached an agreement with their environmental group opponents on Plant Washington in Middle Georgia. Both plants have been a font of litigation since their inception.
Electric cooperative Cobb EMC has decided to end its involvement in development of the proposed Plant Washington coal plant near Sandersville. The Marietta-based co-op has contributed $13 million toward the project thus far.
A proposed coal plant in middle Georgia has tightened its air permits per a court order. But environmental groups say the plant still won’t comply with a proposed federal rule scheduled to come out this fall.
More than half the water in Georgia is used to make electricity. From nuclear to hydro-power, just about every river in the state has some kind of power plant on its banks. But as Georgia’s population and energy needs grow, there are concerns about the health of rivers, especially in times of drought.
Environmentalists and health advocates are hailing a stricter federal standard on soot and smog that came down Thursday. It mandates tighter pollution controls for coal plants in and around the state. The cross state air pollution rule is a part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s aim to cut 2005 smog and sulfur dioxide emissions by more than a half come 2014.
A new report from Georgia Watch says customers of the electric cooperatives who buy power from Plant Washington could see a 10 percent to 20 percent jump in their monthly bills. That would mean, on average, an additional $200 per year. The group building the plant, Power4Georgians, said the report makes too many assumptions about rising construction costs.