Georgia Power Contracts with Biomass Plant

Georgia Power and Yellow Pine Energy Company, LLC, a biomass-fired facility to be located near Fort Gaines, Ga., recently signed a 20-year contract for electricity that will be generated from wood waste. The material will come from timber harvesting residuals and collection of non-commercial tree species, tree-thinnings, lumber scraps and wood waste reclaimed from landfills.

The Yellow Pine facility is scheduled to go into operation in 2010 and will produce 110 megawatts (MW) of energy. Under the contract, Georgia Power will purchase almost half of the plant’s capacity, or about 50 MW.

The Yellow Pine contract is the largest one to date that Georgia Power has signed with a renewable generator. With the addition of this contract, Georgia Power’s energy portfolio includes contracts with five qualified biomass and renewable facilities throughout the state that generate 80 MW.