The solar industry in Georgia is pushing a power monopoly to expand its use of solar energy as it plans to meet the state’s electricity needs over the next two decades.
State utility regulators heard testimony Tuesday on the energy plans from Southern Co. subsidiary Georgia Power, which must submit new plans every three years. Advocates for the state’s solar power industry and tea party leaders fault Georgia Power for not including new forms of solar energy in its planning.
“We think solar is the way to go,” Debbie Dooley, a coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, told the elected members of the Public Service Commission. “The sun is free, it’s there. Understand Georgia Power is not being as aggressive on solar power and solar energy as they should be because they’re trying to protect their monopoly.”