We told you some weeks ago about the push by Lauren “Bubba” McDonald on the state Public Service Commission to require Georgia Power to include a large dose of solar energy in its 20-year plan.
We also told you that McDonald’s initiative, to be voted on by the five-member utility board next week, had the endorsement of Debbie Dooley, a national coordinator for Tea Party Patriots.
Another tea party group has now entered the fray – on the opposite side. From Walter Jones of Morris News Service:
Americans for Prosperity emailed its 50,000 Georgia members urging them to oppose requiring more solar. It argues that unless its members take action their bills could increase 40 percent.
Virginia Galloway, Americans for Prosperity’s state director and one of the earliest organizers of the anti-tax rallies in 2009 that spawned the tea-party movement, says renewable-energy mandates in other states led to 40-percent higher electricity costs.
“It’s like saying you have to buy groceries this week and you have to buy a certain amount from Whole Foods … and I can get everything at Publix less expensively,” she said.