GreenLaw Reacts to Georgia Power's Move to Discontinue 15 Coal-fired Plants

On Monday, Georgia Power announced that it aims to take a total of 15 units at Plant Branch, Plant Yates, Plant McManus, Plant Kraft and Plant Boulevard offline.  The move follows nationwide trends by public utility companies who are turning to renewable energy sources.  In fact, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, coal use has dropped to its lowest levels in generations, and is powering less than half of America’s homes and businesses.

Over 8,000 MW of coal-fueled generating units still emitting pollution into Georgia’s communities

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GreenLaw Reacts to Georgia Power’s Move to Discontinue 15 Coal-fired Plants
Over 8,000 MW of coal-fueled generating units still emitting pollution into Georgia’s communities

 
January 7, 2013 (ATLANTA) – On Monday, Georgia Power announced that it aims to take a total of 15 units at Plant Branch, Plant Yates, Plant McManus, Plant Kraft and Plant Boulevard offline.  The move follows nationwide trends by public utility companies who are turning to renewable energy sources.  In fact, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, coal use has dropped to its lowest levels in generations, and is powering less than half of America’s homes and businesses.
 
“Georgia Power’s announcement today shows utilities’ continued move away from coal, which we support as beneficial for both our health and Georgia’s economy,” said Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, executive director at GreenLaw.  “However, even after these units are decertified, Georgia Power will still operate more than 8,000 megawatts of coal-fueled generating units that impact the air we breathe and our water quality by spewing asthma-causing smog and heart attack-causing soot.” 
 
Despite the decrease in coal plants, these facilities remain the single biggest air polluter in the country. Georgia Power is leaving Plant Scherer intact – the number one producer of greenhouse gases in the country. Further, a small contingent of supporters continue to promote the proposed Plant Washington, which is expected to use between 3.65 and 4.27 million tons of coal per year and emit more than a thousand tons of hazardous particulate matter annually.
 
“We hope Plant Washington’s supporters will see today’s Georgia Power decision as a sign of the growing solar power movement in our state,” said Benfield.  “It’s time we harness our state’s abundant sunshine and stop relying on dirty power that harms our natural resources and health.”
 

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