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Solar Energy In GA: By The Numbers - Dr James Rust

July 08, 2013 J

Below is a table of the latest power generation in Georgia by sectors. We already have plenty of nuclear and natural gas generation. Coal is less than 25 percent at this time. In terms of renewable energy not counting hydroelectric, Georgia is a leader in the South. Only Florida produces more renewable energy than Georgia. In addition, Georgia has more renewable power generation (not counting hydroelectric) than 28 other states. Georgia Power is already committed to increasing it by another 270 megawatts. There is absolutely no urgency for Georgia to jump into more solar energy generation.

Georgia should wait to see results of large utility-scale generation on other states; in particular California which has over 1000 MW planned or under construction in the next few years. California electricity rates are 50 percent higher than Georgia.

James H. Rust, Policy Adviser The Heartland Institute

ELECTRICITY GENERATION IN GEORGIA BY SECTORS
THOUSAND MEGAWATT-HOURS

    TYPE APRIL 2013 YEAR TO DATE

ALL 8540 35913
COAL 2185 10546
NATURAL GAS 2986 13546
NUCLEAR 2845 9798
HYDRO 256 1034
OTHER RENEW. 273 1061

FLORIDA IS THE ONLY SOUTHERN STATE WITH HIGHER USE OF OTHER RENEWABLES WITH A YTD PRODUCTION OF 1527.

ADDING A 500 MW SOLAR PLANT TO THE OTHER RENEWABLE POWER GENERATION SHOWN ON THE TABLE WOULD ADD ABOUT 50 THOUSAND MEGAWATTS PER MONTH–AN INSIGNIFICANT AMOUNT.

IN COMPARISON TO THE UNITED STATES, 28 STATES HAD LOWER ELECTRICITY PRODUCTION BY OTHER RENEWABLES FOR YTD.

DATA FROM US ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION
TABLE PREPARED BY JAMES H. RUST, POLICY ADVISER THE HEARTLAND INSTITUTE

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