Georgia Power commits to wind energy

April 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

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Dave Williams
Staff Writer- Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Power Co. is venturing into wind energy for the first time.

The Atlanta-based unit of Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) announced Monday an agreement to buy 250 megawatts of energy produced at a wind farm in Oklahoma operated by EDP Renewables North America. That’s enough electricity at peak to power more than 50,000 homes.

“We are continuously evaluating energy options that provide the best overall economic value to our customers,” Georgia Power President and CEO Paul Bowers said.

“Adding wind energy to our generation mix underscores our commitment to a diverse portfolio that offers clean, safe, reliable, sustainable and low-cost electricity for years to come.”

Georgia environmental advocates applauded the initiative as a strong move by Georgia Power to embrace clean energy.

“While there is always room for improvement, it is important to acknowledge Georgia Power’s smart decision,” said Colleen Kiernan, director of the Georgia chapter of the Sierra Club.

“We hope they will follow in the footsteps of their sister company, Alabama Power, by doubling this wind power purchase agreement in the near term.”

Alabama Power Co. bought 202 megawatts of wind energy from Oklahoma, then found the power so affordable that the utility purchased another 202 megawatts a few months later.

Dave Williams covers Government

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