The Union of Concerned Scientists and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy say hundreds of old coal-fired generators should be shut down across the country. A study commissioned by the groups cites 22 units in Georgia, the most of any state.
Nuclear power plant expansions are moving forward in the South while they are stalled or have been scrapped in other parts of the country. The South's politics have a lot to do with that trend. Lawmakers here prefer regulated markets and smooth the way for expensive new reactors.
Report ranks Georgia number eight for the amount of water used to create energy. Union of Concerned Scientists says water resources are stressed. Georgia Power opening new water resource center to improve conservation.