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Published on February 9th, 2016 | by Jake Richardson


Approval For 525 MW Of Renewable Energy Sought By Georgia Power

February 9th, 2016 by  

As part of its Integrated Resources Plan, Georgia Power is looking to get approval for 525 MW of renewable energy. The Georgia Public Service Commission (GPSC) is the body which will make the decision about the utility’s renewable energy plan.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf approved, Georgia Power will hold auctions for the development of solar, wind, and biomass to companies both in and outside of Georgia. The target date for completion of the proposed renewable energy sources is 2018 and 2019.

Although solar power has grown in the state of Georgia, the Sierra Club and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy observed that under Georgia Power’s Renewable Energy Initiative, there would be no new renewable energy coming online in 2017.

“It’s beyond my comprehension why you wouldn’t expand a successful program, and rather why you would scale it back,” said Sierra Club Georgia Chapter Director Colleen Kiernan.

According to a somewhat recent CleanTechnica article, the state of Georgia has about 161 MW of installed solar power capacity, but that amount might increase by several times soon.

One could easily understand that clean energy advocates would not be happy about an entire year with no new renewable energy coming online. However, the state of Georgia recently has been making some progress on the renewable energy front. It isn’t anywhere near North Carolina though, which is a leader among southern states in solar power.

Georgia has plenty of sunlight, so it is generally regarded as having a very strong solar power potential. Neighboring state Florida does as well, yet both of them are not exactly charging ahead to achieve their full capacities. Renewable energy is so much more affordable now that it doesn’t make much sense to continue heavily investing in non-renewable forms.

The Georgia Public Service Commission was created when the Railroad Commission of Georgia was expanded to cover more than railroad regulation. Today, it makes decisions which impact how much electricity, telephone and gas services cost residents, though there are only 5 elected Commissioners. Georgia Power provides electricity to almost every county in the state of Georgia, and has about 2.4 million customers.

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  • JamesWimberley

    This European is still shocked by the level of nanny-state socialist central planning in US electricity markets still running the antique silo monopoly model. Let me share a dangerous secret with Georgia ratepayers: markets work! Yes, really! In Britain, Germany, Texas, Brazil and India there is no committee telling investors how much they can invest in generators, whether powered by coal, gas, wind, solar or trained hamsters. They are free to build or not, and take their chances on the profits. The only monopoly left is the grid, and it’s regulated as a common carrier.

  • Brian

    Of course it’s a no brainer that solar is cheaper, and better for the environment than dirty coal, natural gas or nuclear, but Georgia like most of the backward South is a republican state, and republicans hate wind and solar power, because their in the pockets of the dirty fossil fuel industry.

  • Matt

    CEO talking points. See no new PV is coming on line in 2017, yet we continue to make progress on Vogtle. We are so glad to have put GA on the path to a clean energy future. And the kick backs ain’t bad either. Don’t worry about the cost overruns, rate payers cover cost+, so the more it cost the bigger the profits for us.

    • jeffhre

      Progress! Yes, as long as the definition of progress has nothing to do with schedules, budgets or cost recovery actually recovering costs.

  • newnodm

    Vogtle nuclear plants dominate spending in Georgia with vast cost overruns. The CEO of Southern Co, the owner of Georgia Power made 11.4 million in 2014. The Solar Energy Industry Association is reported to have to borrow $700K to pay the lobbyist working on the ITC extension.

    • eveee

      The bill will come due when the Georgia ratepayers find out they have to pay for Vogtle even tho its unused.

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