The state Public Service Commission voted Thursday to approve Georgia Power’s 20-year energy plan – including an additional 525 megawatts of solar power. Along with the utility’s existing solar program, that will bring almost 800 megawatts of solar online by 2016.
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 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.
Attorneys general from Georgia and Alabama have applauded a 2-1 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that overturned a regulation clamping down on power plant pollution that contributes to unhealthy air crossing state lines.
An Environmental Integrity Project report added 20 sites to the group's list of almost 140 in the nation where its tests show that coal ash appears to have contaminated groundwater or soil to unsafe levels. That includes one site in Georgia.
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.