New nuclear reactor designs and concepts are expensive, challenging – New GAO report

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new technology assessment report yesterday, “Nuclear Reactors: Status and challenges in development and deployment of new commercial concepts.” But the results of the study were anything but new. The GAO’s findings confirmed that new nuclear reactor technologies, such as small modular reactors (SMRs), and other new reactor [...]

Hearing on New Vogtle Nuclear Reactors Provides New Information on Mounting Risks and Costs

Below is a Georgia Utility Update first published on July 1, 2015 by Robert “Bobby” B. Baker, Jr. with Freeman, Mathis & Gary, LLP who serves as SACE’s legal counsel in the ongoing semi-annual Vogtle Construction Monitoring (VCM) review before the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC). Mr. Baker served three terms as a Georgia PSC [...]

Georgia Power Is Going Big on EVs

Earlier this year, Georgia Power announced a new $12 million electric vehicle transportation initiative. The program currently includes a residential charging infrastructure rebate program, workplace charging rebates, the installation of charging stations at several sites across the state and the addition of 32 Chevrolet Volts to their company fleet. Georgia Power is also offering an alternative [...]

Taller Turbines: Big win(d) for Georgia

New wind speeds maps released by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) demonstrate the greatly increased potential for wind turbine development in Georgia with advanced turbines. As wind turbines increase in height, Georgia contains a much greater area of land viable for development. The shading on the map below represents new available land for wind development with modern turbine towers of 360 feet (110 meters) achieving a 35% capacity factor or greater. With these turbines, over 8,000 megawatts (MW) of land-based wind potential currently exists in Georgia.

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back? Southern Company Funds Climate Denial Machine

A story broke in the New York Times last week that reveals that Atlanta-based utility giant Southern Company has paid a significant sum of money supporting one of the most prominent climate denying scientists. This scientist is Dr. Wei-Hock Soon, known also as Willie Soon, from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Research conducted by Greenpeace and the [...]

Gulf Power = Green Power? Utility leaps forward

Updated at 4:40pm ET, on February 16 to reflect correct solar capacity planned for military bases in Georgia Power’s service territory. Gulf Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company and one of the smallest investor-owned electric utilities in Florida, just took not one, not two, but THREE steps forward on clean energy in as many weeks. First, [...]

Why EVs are still cleaner than gasoline vehicles in the Southeast

Late last week, a response piece, Blowback: Why zero-emission electric cars are still dirty by Dr. Sam Shelton was published in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution (AJC). I admire the work that Dr. Shelton has done over the years on energy issues in Georgia, and we agree on some of the points made in the article – specifically that [...]

Will Georgia Power add more wind energy to its mix?

Georgia Power Company could be adding more wind power to its electricity portfolio. Today Georgia Power issued a request for information (RFI) on wind generation resources. The RFI will give wind energy developers the opportunity to submit information on wind energy opportunities for Georgia Power and its customers.

Solar energy future bright for Georgia

The solar industry has Georgia on their mind.

The Peach State is now the fastest growing solar market in the country with over 90 megawatts of solar installed in 2013. Recent findings from The Pew Charitable Trusts concluded that from 2009-2012, Georgia attracted $666 million in private clean energy investment.

What happens when the wind doesn’t blow?

It’s likely you’ve heard the argument that renewable energy is unreliable because the wind doesn’t always blow and the sun doesn’t always shine. It’s true that renewable resources are variable. We can’t make the wind blow and the sun shine 24 hours a day. That’s just nature. But, does this mean that large amounts of solar and wind can’t be incorporated into the grid?

It’s time to set the record straight.