Green Power EMC Gains Two New Members

Green Power EMC, Georgia’s renewable energy program, has added Rayle and Upson Electric Membership Corporations (EMCs), bringing the total EMCs to 31. Together they bring another 21,000 consumers to Green Power EMC, which now offers renewable energy to 1.5 million households.

“We recognized five years ago the importance of offering environmentally friendly energy,” said Michael Whiteside, Green Power EMC President. “It’s gratifying to see Green Power EMC grow and to work with other cooperatives that place such a priority on offering consumers non-traditional sources of energy.” Created in 2001, Green Power EMC was originally a partnership of 17 Georgia cooperatives to contract for electricity generated by renewable resources, like biomass, solar and low-impact hydro. To date, Green Power EMC has generated more than 90 million kilowatt hours of electricity from two landfill gas-to-electricity projects and a low-impact hydroelectric project. Customers signing up for renewable power pay an additional charge each month ranging from $3 to $5 per 150 kilowatt-hour block, depending on the participating EMC. Green Power EMC has been seeking additional sources of green energy and earlier this year announced plans to purchase 20 megawatts of electricity from the first poultry litter-to-energy operation in Georgia. The electricity will be provided by Earth Resources Inc. Green Power EMC also added to its generating capacity a low impact hydroelectric generating plant at Tallassee Shoals in Athens, which produces two megawatts of electricity. In August 2005, Green Power EMC evaluated the potential of wind generation in Georgia and recently completed the one-year data collection period. Green Power EMC is currently reviewing a technical analysis to determine the economic feasibility of wind generation in Georgia. If a decision is made to move forward, the wind project would most likely begin generating electricity in 2008.
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