energy

Georgia Power customers to find out new tab for Vogtle expansion this fall

BY: - May 19, 2021

This post was updated at 8:53 a.m. Wednesday to reflect that Georgia Power’s latest schedule to complete the third unit moved from November until the first quarter of 2022. A decade ago, Norcross consultant Steven Prenovitz expressed skepticism about Georgia Power’s ability to contain Plant Vogtle’s expansion costs as the state’s largest electricity provider aimed […]

Biomass energy push gains traction despite some objections

BY: - July 21, 2020

This story was updated Thursday at 2:40 p.m. with a comment from Georgia Power regarding the bidding process. Georgia Power is pressing forward with long-term plans to expand its capacity to convert trees and other organic material into biomass energy despite objections from some environmentalists.  The Public Service Commission agreed Tuesday to let the state’s […]

Lawmakers OK ban on burning crossties at NE Ga. wood-fired plants

BY: - June 26, 2020

The smelly emissions from power plants that sometimes burn chemically treated railroad crossties to generate biomass energy has been a nuisance for nearby residents in two northeast Georgia counties. On Thursday, the burning of creosote-treated wood in Georgia is closer to coming to a halt after the Georgia Senate joined the House in unanimously backing […]

Storm-ravaged forests add fuel to biomass energy push

BY: - August 7, 2019

Within these thickets are a slew of trees that remain keeled over or snapped in two, just as Hurricane Michael left them nearly 10 months ago. In many cases, the high cost to remove the damaged trees and replant them — even with the state offering a tax incentive to do so — is leaving […]