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Georgia Power’s Aging Plant Hammond Should Be Retired

Georgia Power’s Aging Plant Hammond Should Be Retired

Hobbled by Outdated Coal-Burning Technology, Poor Operating Performance and High Production Costs

We’ve published a paper today that explains why Georgia Power should retire Plant Hammond, an outdated coal-fired electricity plant in northwest Georgia. The report, posted here, details how the 840-megawatt plant, whose four units are from 44 to 61 years old, has grown increasingly expensive to ratepayers in recent years. Plant Hammond’s high costs are […]

November 17, 2015 Read More →

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Editorial: $200 Million Georgia Wind Farm a ‘Win-Win’

The Telegraph (Macon): The encroachment issue is a thing of the past now. Property owners have been compensated and last week it was announced that Georgia Power is planning to build a 139-megawatt solar generating facility in the encroachment area, an allowable use of the land. The Georgia Public Service Commission approved the project Tuesday. […]

May 19, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: Atlanta City Council Resolves to 100% Renewable Energy by 2035 Lawmakers in Georgia’s capital city approved a measure to get all of Atlanta’s electricity supplies from renewable sources, including wind and solar power, by 2035. The resolution commits city officials to developing a plan to make that happen. “We know that moving to clean energy will create good jobs, clean up our air and […]

May 3, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Update: Full Retirement of Plant Hammond Remains the Best Outcome for Georgia Ratepayers

IEEFA Update: Full Retirement of Plant Hammond Remains the Best Outcome for Georgia Ratepayers

As Staffing Is Cut by Half, Cost of Operations Remain Uncompetitive

“Economic and market conditions” are the reasons cited by Georgia Power authority this week in announcing it will cut about half the 140-employee staff at the coal-fired Plant Hammond in the Northwest part of the state. Georgia Power, however, is still struggling to accept that the plant ought to be completely shut down, and for […]

U.S. Nuclear Industry in Doubt as Projects Falter in Georgia and North Carolina

E&E EnergyWire: The chairman of Georgia’s utility regulators said yesterday he hopes Southern Co. finishes two half-built nuclear reactors amid the parent of the project’s main contractor signaling financial ruin. “It just seems to be the most obvious conclusion where a completely functional nuclear plant for the next 60, 70, 80 years is the best […]

April 12, 2017 Read More →

The Pipeline Game Has Changed in the Southeast U.S.

Southeast Energy News: After setting temporary moratoriums on new oil pipelines in 2016, both Georgia and South Carolina are moving forward with hearings and bills to tighten regulations. The ultimate result, says Sen. Tom Young, a Republican from Aiken County, South Carolina, is likely to be “regulations that allow pipelines under a very limited set […]

March 14, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: ‘Long Gone’ Are the Days When Energy Infrastructure Projects Went Unquestioned by Grassroots

Keith Schneider for Long gone is the time when energy companies could swoop into lightly populated regions to build big energy infrastructure projects. More people live in the places close to the unconventional oil and gas drilling fields in the rural West and East. Their daily commutes, backyards, and favorite wild places are disrupted […]

December 13, 2016 Read More →

All of the New Electricity Capacity Brought Online in the U.S. in August Was From Solar or Wind

Arsalan Malik for SNL: Solar and wind powered all of the new power plants that began operations in August. A total 20 projects with a combined capacity of 463 MW were added in August, with 55% of the capacity coming from solar projects and 45% coming from wind-powered generators. No new projects were announced in […]

October 13, 2016 Read More →
IEEFA Update (Corrected): Wind in the Wires, and More on the Way

IEEFA Update (Corrected): Wind in the Wires, and More on the Way

30 States Have Projects Under Construction or in Advanced Development

Wind power is a rapidly growing source of electricity in the U.S., doubling its share of generation in just five years, to 4.9 percent in 2015. The declining cost of wind power, along with cheap natural gas, has put tremendous financial pressure on both coal-fired and nuclear power plants, and is changing the mix of fuels […]

September 16, 2016 Read More →

On the Blogs: Georgia Power’s Nuclear Expansion Project Faces Delays

From Wamsted on Energy: Georgia Power executives certainly won’t say it and Georgia’s utility regulators certainly won’t acknowledge it, but the reality is there are going to be additional delays at Vogtle 3&4—the already delayed and over budget new nuclear project being built by Westinghouse for the Southern Company subsidiary and a consortium of Georgia […]

July 11, 2016 Read More →

On the Blogs: Electric Cooperatives in Southern U.S. ‘Frozen in the 1950s’

From Looking at all available information on 313 cooperatives and their governance and representation structure in the twelve-state southern region, the Rural Power Project found that time had stopped and the leadership structure of many of rural electric cooperatives seemed “frozen in the fifties.” The report examined available documents revealing governance and representation patterns […]

May 10, 2016 Read More →