Clean Energy Group Says Georgia Power’s New IRP Falls Short on Solar, Energy Efficiency

On January 31, 2019, Georgia Power, the largest utility in the state submitted its newest integrated resource plan (IRP) to the state utility commission for approval.

The plan calls for the retirement of approximately 1000 MW of coal-fired generation and the construction of 1000 MW of solar generation.

In response to the IRP, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) said the plan doesn’t go far enough.

“While we commend Georgia Power for retiring approximately 1,000 megawatts of coal-fired capacity at Plants Hammond and McIntosh, the utility is only acknowledging the inevitable with the retirement of these two minimally-operating coal plants,” the organization said in a statement.

SACE said that the 1000-MW of solar is welcome but that it is less than was approved in its 2016 plan despite the fact that the cost of solar has dropped 34 percent since 2016.

The group was also critical of the utility sticking with the “status quo” for energy efficiency, saying that “Georgia Power’s own energy efficiency programs shows $6 in savings for every $1 invested,” and that no building on the program is “bad news.”

“The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy calls on the Georgia Public Service Commission to give the state’s monopoly utility company the public oversight required to protect the interests of Georgia’s consumers and businesses,” the statement concluded.

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Jennifer Runyon has been studying and reporting about the world's transition to clean energy since 2007. As editor of the world's largest renewable energy publication, Renewable Energy World, she observed, interviewed experts about, and reported on major clean energy milestones including Germany's explosive growth of solar PV, the formation and development of the U.S. onshore wind industry, the U.K. offshore wind boom, China's solar manufacturing dominance, the rise of energy storage, the changing landscape for utilities and grid operators and much, much, more. Today, in addition to managing content on Renewable Energy World and POWERGRID International, she also serves as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH, a globally recognized conference for the transmission and distribution industry. You can reach her at Jennifer.Runyon@ClarionEvents.com

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