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Ga. Power CEO speaks on nuclear, solar initiatives

LAWRENCEVILLE -- With two new nuclear energy facilities, a solar initiative and even research into wind capacity, Georgia Power CEO Paul Bowers said on Tuesday that his company is looking for additional ways to meet the energy needs of the state.

In a tour of Gwinnett, Bowers spoke to the Gwinnett Rotary Club, members of the Gwinnett delegation to the General Assembly, the Board of Education and the Daily Post to have a dialogue with leaders in a county he called "well-positioned for growth over the long term."

Bowers said Georgia Power is "very, very bullish" about the prospects of solar, and is looking into wind development.

"As the price declines it becomes much more of an option for our customers, so we want to be out there offering that option," said Bowers, who added that wind development depends on Midwest developers.

Late last month, Georgia Power made a proposal to triple its use of solar electricity, to move from offering it to 7,600 homes, to potentially 20,000 homes. The initiative must be approved by the Public Service Commission.

Bowers said his company is offering two avenues for customers: home and utilities.

Georgia Power wants to offer 70 megawatts per year for the next three years, which would make it the largest non-mandated voluntary purchase of solar energy by an investor-owned utility in the U.S., Bowers said.

Bowers also said Georgia Power is making progress of two nuclear energy facilities at Plant Vogtle, in the southeast part of the state near Waynesboro, which are expected to go into service in 2016 and 2017.

"Nuclear will continue to be a key element in our balanced fuel mix," Bowers told the Rotary Club. "It is a proven and innovative technology, with more than 50 years of safe and reliable operation in the United States."

Bowers said the nuclear facilities would create 5,000 on-site jobs and 800 high-paying permanent positions.

At the Rotary Club, Bowers said the country needs to work toward a responsible tax policy and a reasonable regulatory environment that doesn't harm the economy.

"We must rein in overreaching regulations and ensure the benefits outweigh the costs," he said. "While they may be well-intentioned, too-burdensome regulations represent a significant indirect tax on our economy."

Comments

teelee 1 year, 11 months ago

Don't waste your time on solar and wind, you can't beat nuclear. The other two are just green Liberal feel good wastes of time and money.

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Why_not 1 year, 11 months ago

Yeah I agree wholeheartedly.....there is only a finite about of wind and sun we can utilize. It's a better bet to take our chances with another Three Mile Island.

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dentaldawg83 1 year, 11 months ago

so, teelee..can we bury the radioactive waste in your back yard?....have people already forgot that aspect of nuclear power?

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

Just returned from a trip to Scotland - they're doing GREAT with wind and solar, selling their oil from the North Sea to the suckers whilst feeding the grid from their own homes at a profit.

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