How to Clean Up Georgia Power’s Dirty Energy Plan – Georgia Recorder

by | Jul 19, 2022 | Energy

On July 21st, the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) will vote on a new energy plan, outlining how Georgia Power will generate our electricity over the next 20 years. The plan will have huge implications on some of our most pressing issues relating to public health, the economy, and the environment. 
Unfortunately, the current proposal from Georgia Power falls far short in addressing the social and environmental damages of fossil fuels. Their plan aims to keep us heavily reliant on fossil fuels and puts Georgia Power behind in reaching its parent company’s commitment to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. However, there is still time for the PSC to step in
Earlier this month, 19 youth and student-led environmental organizations from across the state came together to demand a better plan for the people of Georgia. We submitted a joint statement to the PSC, urging the commissioners to adopt important amendments to further expand clean, renewable energy in our state. As young people in this state, we are the ones who will face the long-term impacts of the actions Georgia Power takes today. 
We are urging the commission to expand Georgia Power’s commitment to solar well beyond what was proposed. This means securing greater investments in utility-scale solar projects and modernizing our electric grid to support future clean energy units. The PSC should also remove excessive fees and the cap on the net metering program that acts as a  barrier for residents to install rooftop solar panels. These restrictions only serve to keep residents dependent on Georgia Power’s energy. 
At present, solar ene …

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