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Hobbled by Outdated Coal-Burning Technology, Poor Operating Performance and High Production Costs

We’ve published a paper today that explains why Georgia Power should retire Plant Hammond, an outdated coal-fired electricity plant in northwest Georgia.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 […]

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All of the New Electricity Capacity Brought Online in the U.S. in August Was From Solar or Wind

Arsalan Malik for SNL: Solar and wind powered all of the new power plants that began operations in August. A total 20 projects with a combined capacity of 463 MW were added in August, with 55% of the capacity coming from solar projects and 45% coming from wind-powered generators. No new projects were announced in […]

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IEEFA Update (Corrected): Wind in the Wires, and More on the Way

30 States Have Projects Under Construction or in Advanced Development

Wind power is a rapidly growing source of electricity in the U.S., doubling its share of generation in just five years, to 4.9 percent in 2015. The declining cost of wind power, along with cheap natural gas, has put tremendous financial pressure on both coal-fired and nuclear power plants, and is changing the mix of fuels […]

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On the Blogs: Georgia Power’s Nuclear Expansion Project Faces Delays

From Wamsted on Energy: Georgia Power executives certainly won’t say it and Georgia’s utility regulators certainly won’t acknowledge it, but the reality is there are going to be additional delays at Vogtle 3&4—the already delayed and over budget new nuclear project being built by Westinghouse for the Southern Company subsidiary and a consortium of Georgia […]

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On the Blogs: Electric Cooperatives in Southern U.S. ‘Frozen in the 1950s’

From ChiefOrganizer.org: Looking at all available information on 313 cooperatives and their governance and representation structure in the twelve-state southern region, the Rural Power Project found that time had stopped and the leadership structure of many of rural electric cooperatives seemed “frozen in the fifties.” The report examined available documents revealing governance and representation patterns […]

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Push to Make Georgia Power More Solar-Conscious

Russell Grantham for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia Power drew fire this week from critics who want the utility to retire its old coal-fired plants and ramp up efforts to add more solar power and other renewable energy. Every three years, the Atlanta-based electric utility sends updated plans to the Georgia Public Service Commission on how […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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IEEFA Study: Georgia Power Should Retire Plant Hammond

Embargoed for Release Until Press Teleconference, 10 a.m. Eastern, Nov. 18 Please Join Us 727-258-5789 PIN: 97609

Please Join Us For Our Plant Hammond Press Teleconference, 10 a.m. Eastern, 727-258-5789 PIN: 97609 Follow Along With This Slide Show ATLANTA, Nov. 18, 2015 – A study published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) concludes that Georgia Power’s aging Plant Hammond should be retired. The study, Georgia Power Company […]

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