June 2006 - Green Power EMC, a partnership of 28 Georgia electric membership cooperatives serving more than three million Georgia homes, businesses, factories and farms, has launched a Sun Power for Schools program, under which participating EMCs partner with a middle school or high school to install a 1-kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system and provide on-line data monitoring in the classroom. Five systems have been installed to date with 10 additional schools to receive systems by the end of the year.
Under the Green Power EMC program, customers can make voluntary purchases of renewable energy in 150-kWh monthly blocks for $3 to $5, depending upon the participating cooperative, with the power supplied from two landfill generating plants and a low-impact hydroelectric facility.
News Article - Sandy Creek Embraces the Sun
March 2006 - Green Power EMC, a partnership of 28 electric membership corporations (EMCs) in Georgia, announced plans to add a poultry litter gasification facility to the resource mix of its green pricing program. The partnership has entered into a 15-year power purchase agreement with Earth Resources Inc. for the output of the 20-MW facility to be located about 70 miles northeast of Atlanta. Construction will begin in May with plant operation expected in summer 2007.
Under the Green Power EMC program, customers can make voluntary purchases of renewable energy in 150-kWh monthly blocks for $3 to $5, depending upon the participating cooperative. Currently, Green Power EMC provides power from two landfill generating plants and a low-impact hydroelectric facility, totaling 7.3 MW of generating capacity.
News Release - EMCs Sign Unique Renewable Energy Agreement
News Article - Green Power EMC To Buy Energy Created From Chicken Litter
August 2005 - Eleven cooperatives have joined the Green Power EMC program, thus expanding the green power option to an additional 200,000 retail customers. A total of 28 Georgia cooperatives with 1.2 million eligible retail customers now participate in the program under which customers can make voluntary purchases of renewable energy in 150-kWh monthly blocks for $3 to $5, depending upon the participating cooperative. Since its creation in 2001, Green Power EMC has generated more than 50 million kWh of electricity from two landfill gas projects. The program recently added a low-impact hydropower project in Athens, Georgia.
News Release - EMC Green Power Program Grows in Georgia
July 2005 - Georgia Electric Membership Corporation is exploring new supplies for its Green Power EMC program. Earlier this year, the cooperative association added a 2.3-MW hydropower project at Tallassee Shoals in Athens, which is certified by the Low Impact Hydropower Institute. Green Power EMC is also collecting wind resource data at the site of a pumped storage hydro project in Floyd County with the intent of adding wind energy to its green power resource mix in the future.
Formed in 2001, Green Power EMC is a joint effort by 17 of the state's electric cooperatives to generate energy from renewable resources. Under the program, participating customers can purchase renewable energy in 100-kWh monthly increments for an additional $3 to $5, or a rate premium of 3¢/kWh to 5¢/kWh, depending upon the participating EMC. A portion of the revenues collected from green power subscribers goes toward research and development.
News Article - EMCs Looking For Wind Resources
October 2003 - Sixteen members of the Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (EMC), which collectively serve about 850,000 electric meters, officially launched a green power option for their residential and business customers. Under the Green Power EMC program, customers of the electric cooperatives can sign up to purchase 150-kWh blocks of green power for an additional $3 to $5 each month (2¢/kWh to 3.33¢/kWh), depending upon the cooperative. Power for the program is supplied from three in-state landfill gas projects with a combined capacity of 9 MW. The first of the three projects began generating electricity in early October. A portion of the program revenues will be placed into a fund that will be used to develop additional renewable energy resources, such as wind, solar, and low-impact hydro.
News Release - Green Power to Deliver Georgia's First Energy from Renewable Resources
News Article - Power Users Can 'Go Green' For a Surcharge
Green Power EMC Contacts:
Bonnie Jones (706) 367-6114 or Dan Hart
May 2002 - Georgia Governor Roy Barnes declared April 22 Green Power Day as 16 electric cooperatives began selling green power to their member customers. The green power will be offered to customers in 150-kWh blocks with the pricing to be determined separately by each cooperative based on generating expenses and administrative costs. The power will be supplied by Green Power EMC from three new landfill methane projects, totaling 8 MW of capacity, which will become operational later this year. Additional green power resources will be added at a later date.
News Release - Green Power EMC Business Partners open "green" power subscriptions on Earth Day
News Article - Providers plug into 'Green Power'
EMC Contact: Michael Whiteside (770) 502-0226
November 2001 - Thirteen members of the Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (EMC), have formed Green Power EMC, which will offer a green pricing product to more than 630,000 Georgia-based customers. The product will be offered in 150-kWh blocks and will consist initially of power from four in-state landfill methane projects. The group intends to add wind, solar, and hydroelectric energy sources to the product mix over time.
News Release - Green Power EMC First to Offer Green Electricity to Georgia Consumers - No longer online at Yahoo
EMC Contact: Michael Whiteside (770) 502-0226, x4268