By Chris Marr, Rome News-Tribune Business Editor
The yearlong data collection is finished in a wind-power viability study in Floyd County, but analysis of the results will take several weeks.
Green Power EMC, a joint effort by 17 of the state’s electric cooperatives, set up an assessment tower in summer 2005 atop Oglethorpe Power’s Rocky Mountain Hydroelectric Plant, off Big Texas Valley Road.
The 200-foot tower – a pole with wind-measuring equipment, a thermometer and other recording devices – recently finished collecting data about wind speed and direction.
Scientists will now spend several weeks analyzing the data, said Terri Brown, spokeswoman for Georgia EMC, the trade association that represents the state’s 42 electric cooperatives.
When initially announcing the study last year, a Green Power official conceded that any potential wind-power generation at the site would be on a small scale.
“While we may not have a significant potential for wind power resource development in our state, we feel if there is an economic resource it may be at Rocky Mountain or another North Georgia location,” Green Power EMC President Michael Whiteside said in the group’s written announcement of the project.
The group’s Green Power program allows customers to purchase blocks of electricity produced by renewable or cleaner energy sources, such as harnessed landfill gases.
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