Wind Power News: Georgia
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
Georgia has greater potential for wind energy than six of the other 13 Atlantic coast states, but a recent National Wildlife Federation report details how the Peach State is falling behind in developing that potential. “Georgia has a little over 60 gigawatts (of wind resource),” said Jennette Gayer, advocate for Environment Georgia, which helped launch the report. “That’s like 75 average-sized power plants.” Unlike 11 of the other coastal states, Georgia hasn’t joined the Atlantic States Offshore Wind Consortium, a . . .
Climate change, dwindling resources, ecological and geopolitical concerns surrounding conventional sources of electricity — all are prominent worries today, as they should be. Wind power companies and their lobbyists — and many in the environmentalist community — assure us that industrial wind can break our dependence on other fuels, reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants, and help build a “green” economy of 21st century jobs. A closer look, however, reveals that wind’s actual record has not lived . . .
ATLANTA — The governors of Kansas and Arkansas, a Missouri utility commissioner and a Texas legislator are among the speakers at the world’s largest convention for the industry of wind-generated electricity being held in Atlanta this week, but the host state has little presence. “I want to encourage all the potential investment out to my state, and spend as much money and employ as many people as you possibly can,” said Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe. “We will help you in . . .
Georgia should consider a mandate that would require utilities to get a larger percentage of their fuel from alternative sources such as solar, even if it costs consumers another nickel a month, a state utility regulator said Tuesday. Georgia Public Service Commissioner Bubba McDonald said such a standard would beef up the currently undervalued market for solar in Georgia and open the market for new investors. McDonald didn’t give a timetable or other specifics. “As we look at energy down . . .
ATLANTA — Renewable energy must cost about the same as traditional power sources such as natural gas or coal-fired power plants before Georgia Power will buy green energy on a large scale, company executives said Monday. Officials from the Southern Co. subsidiary said at a Statehouse conference that it wants to increase its usage of solar power from just more than four megawatts now to more than 55 megawatts by 2015. That’s still a relatively small amount of electricity, or . . .