Bioenergy

Georgia Power Seeks Approval for Coal Plant Conversion to Biomass

Georgia Power has asked the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) for approval to convert coal-fueled Plant Mitchell to renewable wood biomass. Upon conversion, Plant Mitchell would be capable of producing 96 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy.

The plant would have lower emissions, and would be one of the largest wood biomass plants in the United States. It would also have lower fuel and operating costs when compared to continued operation using coal, thereby making the plant more cost-effective for customers. If the conversion is approved by the Georgia PSC, wood fuel for Plant Mitchell would come from suppliers operating within an approximately 100-mile radius of the plant.

“Georgia Power is taking an important step toward continued diversification of its fuel sources and making renewable energy more affordable for customers,” said Mike Garrett, Georgia Power president and CEO. “By converting Plant Mitchell to biomass, we hope to not only help grow the renewable resource base in Georgia but also to expand the market for renewable energy credits, which ultimately will foster additional renewable energy development.”