Georgia Slowly Turning To Renewable Energy

The population of the state of Georgia is approximately 10.74 million people[1]. In June 2020, state utilities used natural gas (54.6%), nuclear power (26.5%), renewable energy (11.4%), and coal (7.5.%)  to generate electricity[2].  Biomass, hydropow4er, and solar are the primary sources of renewable energy in Georgia.

Georgia’s use of inexpensive natural gas and renewable energy contributes to the state’s below average cost of electricity. In June 2020, the average cost of residential electricity in Georgia was 12.71 ¢ per kWh, compared to the national average of 13.28 ¢ per kWh.

Georgia is one of 20 states that has neither a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) nor a voluntary renewable energy goal for electricity generation. Georgia is one of only 9 states with utility-run and/or locally run grant programs with renewable energy.

Georgia has significant renewable energy resources. The state is the largest producer of biomass in the nation and has vast solar and offshore wind energy potential. Georgia utilities only began developing the state’s solar potential in 2015.

Georgia solar company, SolAmerica Energy and New York solar company Safari Energy have recently commissioned thirteen solar project in Georgia. Power from all these solar projects will be sold to Georgia Power through a fifteen year power purchase agreement.

SolAmerica engineer and developed the solar projects, which have a total capacity of 43 MW. Safari Energy provided project funding and will operate all the solar projects in Georgia.

In 2005, coal was the primary source of fuel to generate electricity in Georgia. State utilities have been slow to recognize the environmental and economic advantages of renewable energy. The cheapest form of utility scale power in America in 2020 without any government subsidies is onshore wind, closely followed by solar, and hydropower.

Georgia utilities are now beginning the move from fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) to clean, inexpensive renewable energy. Consumers will soon see the compelling environmental and economic advantages.

Jack Kerfoot

Our Energy Conundrum

www.jackkerfoot.com

 

[1] Georgia Population 2020, World Population Review

[2] U.S. Energy Information Agency – Georgia State Profile and Energy Estimates

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