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Hobbled by Outdated Coal-Burning Technology, Poor Operating Performance and High Production Costs

We’ve published a paper today that explains why Georgia Power should retire Plant Hammond, an outdated coal-fired electricity plant in northwest Georgia.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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Soon-to-close Georgia coal plant could host new solar power demonstration project

Rome News-Tribune: If the Georgia Public Service Commission approves Georgia Power’s plan, Plant Hammond would be taken out of service as soon as the order is signed. A hearing schedule established by the PSC indicates that could happen as early as August. Georgia Power has planned to decertify Hammond for years and, in fact, committed […]

February 11, 2019 Read More →

Georgia Power proposes closing Hammond, McIntosh coal plants

Atlanta Business Chronicle: Georgia Power Co. will continue reducing its reliance on coal during the next two decades while stepping up its investments in renewable power and energy efficiency, according to a plan the Atlanta-based utility submitted Thursday. The 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) would keep Georgia Power moving toward the goals the company committed […]

February 1, 2019 Read More →

IEEFA Georgia: The diminishing importance of coal-fired power generation

Southern Co. offers a case study in the growing momentum behind market-driven electricity-sector transition

IEEFA released a report in November 2015 calling for Southern Co. and its subsidiary Georgia Power—out of respect for investors and ratepayers—to retire the four-unit Plant Hammond coal-fired power station. The report pointed out how flat demand had diminished the need for the plant’s generation capacity and that its electric output was being priced out […]

December 14, 2018 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 […]

Georgia’s Hammond Coal Plant Cuts Half Its 140-Employee Work Force

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia Power is cutting over half of its work force at a coal-fired plant near Rome even as state regulators have been re-examining some of its operations. The Atlanta utility said 80 jobs are being eliminated at Plant Hammond, a 63-year-old facility on the Coosa River near Rome. Georgia Power spokesman John Kraft […]

April 13, 2017 Read More →
Our Op-Ed in the New York Times: ‘After Bankruptcies, Coal’s Dirty Legacy Lives On’
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Our Op-Ed in the New York Times: ‘After Bankruptcies, Coal’s Dirty Legacy Lives On’

Costly Effects That Will Haunt Taxpayers, and Consumers, for Years to Come

The bankruptcy filing on Wednesday by Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private- sector producer of coal, is the latest in a series of major coal company collapses that threaten to leave behind a costly legacy that will haunt taxpayers and consumers for years. The abandonment of hundreds of mines over the years led Congress in […]

Georgia Power’s Latest Electricity Development Plan Lags on Renewables, Continues Outsize Reliance on Coal

Dan Testa for SNL: Immediately after releasing its 20-year integrated resource plan Jan. 29, Georgia Power Co. came under fire from environmental groups for not being aggressive enough in expanding renewable energy and efficiency programs. In a joint news release, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, or SACE, and the Sierra Club criticized the Southern […]

February 4, 2016 Read More →

Three Reasons to Shut Down Plant Hammond

From CleanEnergy.org: The evidence is stacking up for shutting Plant Hammond down. First, on November 4, the Georgia Water Coalition named Plant Hammond one of the 2015 Dirty Dozen threats to Georgia waterways. Then, a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis showed that the plant is both running less and […]

November 20, 2015 Read More →

Georgia Coal-Fired Plant Is More Expensive Than Alternatives

Robert Walton for Utility Dive: According to IEEFA, the plant is similar to other facilities Georgia Power has already announced it would retire, and produces power that is more expensive than wind and solar resources the utility can access. While baseload plants typically operate at greater than 50% capacity each year, the Hammond facility’s generation […]

November 19, 2015 Read More →
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 →