Today, that number is down to 47 percent. And Georgia Power recently announced it will close 15 coal and oil-fired units, removing 20 percent of electrical capacity from its power grid.
Georgia Power — and its Atlanta-based parent, Southern Company — is in the middle of a metamorphosis. Pushed by new environmental rules that could force the closure of hundreds of coal plants nationwide, Southern is looking for ways to reduce its four utilities’ reliance on that resource. Georgia Power is expected to reveal exactly what changes are in its future on Thursday, when it’s scheduled to release its 20-year energy plan.
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