PSC allows coal-burning plants to continue, rejects solar expansion

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ATLANTA – Georgia energy regulators voted Thursday to require Georgia Power to take a more aggressive approach toward developing renewable energy on several fronts.

However, the state Public Service Commission also rejected at least for now a proposed expansion of Georgia Power’s rooftop solar program. The unanimous vote also will allow the Atlanta-based utility to continue operating two coal-burning units at Plant Bowen near Cartersville.

At issue was the latest update of Georgia Power’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which the utility submits to the PSC every three years outlining the mix of energy sources it plans to rely on for power generation during the next 20 years.

The commission vote approved an agreement Georgia Power reached last month with the PSC’s Public Interest Advocacy Staff, modified by a series of amendments commissioners brought during Thursday’s meeting.

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