GreenLaw Takes on Aging Coal Plants
GreenLaw Asks Public Service Commission to Retire Old Coal Plants
UPDATE: On March 20th, the PSC approved the decertification (retirement) of Plant Branch Units 1 and 2.
GreenLaw has let the Georgia Public Service Commission know that Georgia Power isn't going far enough by retiring two aging coal-fired units at Plant Branch near Milledgeville. Georgia Power has proposed the retirement of Plant Branch Units 1 and 2. Based on Georgia Power’s own analysis, additional pollution controls that are required to meet public health standards would render the operation of these units uneconomical. However, Georgia Power is requesting that the PSC approve four power purchase agreements to add a total of 1,562 MWs to its portfolio but is simultaneously deferring the decision to retire several other coal units that are old and uneconomical. Even Georgia Power admits that this would create excess capacity.
Read GreenLaw's brief submitted to the Public Service Commission here. GreenLaw filed the brief on behalf of Sierra Club.
View the motion to intervene here.