Input sought on Georgia Power long-term plan | RenewablesBiz


Input sought on Georgia Power long-term plan | RenewablesBiz

Over the next two decades Georgia Power wants to add no new solar to its energy mix beyond what already has been announced. That proposal, which must be approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission, is seen as inadequate by some groups that don’t typically see eye-to-eye.

Namely the Sierra Club and the Atlanta Tea Party.

On Wednesday Savannah area residents will have their chance to weigh in as the Sierra Club and Georgia Public Service Commission host a town hall-style meeting on Georgia Power’s 2013 Integrated Resource Plan, the company’s 20-year energy plan for Georgia.

“Across the political spectrum consumers at Georgia Power are saying solar is good for rates, good for the environment and good for the economy,” said Seth Gunning, who heads the Georgia Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign. “Georgia Power hasn’t yet really been hearing that message.”

Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols will speak on the issues in Georgia Power’s proposed plan, and citizens will then have the opportunity to make an official public comment.

Chairman Marolyn Overton, of the Savannah Tea Party, isn’t as sunny about solar as her Atlanta counterpart Debbie Dooley, co-founder of the Atlanta Tea Party. Dooley called for more solar at a PSC meeting last month. But Overton, who favors nuclear, is interested in diversifying the energy mix.

“We should investigate all sources and see what serves us the best,” she said.

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