Georgia Power Seeking
50 MW Biomass Plant Bids
Georgia’s Public Service Commission recently voted to allow major utility Georgia Power to solicit bids for a new 50MW biomass-powered power plant. The move is part of a Georgia Power effort to purchase more energy from a variety of sources as the company seeks to retire some of its older power generating facilities. In addition to biomass, the utility is also looking at streams turbine, battery energy storage and solar sources. The move is also driven by forest economics: Georgia landowners had few places to sell the mountain of timber damaged by Hurricane Micheal in 2018, much of it salvageable only as boiler fuel. Georgia Power now purchases more than 335 megawatts of energy from 15 biomass producers, with most of the fuel coming from woody biomass. By comparison, Georgia Power is looking to add more than 2,200 MW of solar powered electricity in the near future.
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