May 2010 - Georgia Power, an investor-owned utility serving 2.3 million customers, received approval from the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) to modify its Green Energy program and offer customers more solar options.
Under the revised program, the Premium Green Energy program has been redesigned to contain 50 percent solar energy at a cost of $5 per 100-kilowatt-hour (kWh) block. The option previously contained 10 percent solar energy and cost $4.50 per 100 kWh block.
In addition to these changes, the PSC also approved Georgia Power raising the solar capacity cap under its Renewable and Non-Renewable (RNR) tariff from 1.5 megawatts (MW) to 2.5 MW. Under the RNR tariff, the company will purchase solar energy from customers at a price of 17 cents per kWh. The solar capacity cap will also automatically increase as participation in the Premium Green Energy program grows; for every 219 blocks of Premium Green Energy purchased, the RNR solar capacity cap will increase by 100 kW.
News Release - Georgia Power's Green Energy Program Redesigned to Include More Solar Power
February 2010 - The Georgia Public Service Commission amended Georgia Power Company's Green Energy program to provide that 50 percent of the program's renewable energy come from Georgia-based solar resources. Currently, only 10 percent comes from solar with the rest of the program's power being sourced from biomass. The amendment will increase the voluntary program's rate from $4.50/100 kilowatt-hour block to $5.00, or an increased premium of 0.5¢/kWh.
News Article - Green power gets more solar energy
September 2008 - Georgia Power, the largest subsidiary of Southern Company serving 2.3 million customers in Georgia, has gained approval from the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) to expand its green pricing program to include additional options for customers. The re-design is intended to provide a more cost-effective option for both residential and commercial customers.
Under the re–vamped program, residential customers can now purchase green power in 100-kWh increments at 3.5¢/kWh above the standard rate, which is 1¢/kWh less than the previous offering. The modified Green Energy product will be all biomass, primarily from the Seminole Landfill in DeKalb County, and will contain no solar or wind energy at this time. In addition, customers now have the option to purchase a "premium" renewable energy product that includes at least 2% solar power. The price for the premium product is 4.5¢/kWh above the standard rate.
The redesigned program also includes a large volume discount available to customers that buy more than 40,000 kWh of green energy per month at the regular price of 3.5¢/kWh over the standard rate. Georgia Power will contract individually with each customer to determine the price, quantity, term and source of the additional green energy. The program now also includes a special events option for supplying renewable energy to music concerts, business conferences, or other one-time events. The new program is expected to go into effect by the end of 2008.
News Release - PSC Approves Revamped Georgia Power Green Energy Program; Assignment of 3-1-1 Service to Cobb County for Non-emergency Government Services (PDF 140 KB) Download Adobe Reader
News Article - Georgia: PSC approves new rates for ’green power’
Georgia Power Contact: Lynn Wallace, 404-506-7676
July 2005 - Georgia Power announced that it has entered into a 10-year contract to purchase the output of a 3.2-MW landfill gas electric generating facility to supply its voluntary Green Energy program.
In July 2003, the Georgia Public Service Commission approved the program through which customers can purchase 100-kWh monthly increments of renewable energy for $5.50, or a rate premium of 5.5¢/kWh. Since the approval, Georgia Power had made several unsuccessful attempts to find green power supplies at an acceptable price. The landfill gas project, located in Dekalb County, is expected to be operational by the fall of 2006. Participating customers must subscribe for a minimum of one year.
News Release - DeKalb County Signs on as First Vendor to Provide Green Energy to Georgia Power Customers
July 2003 - The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) approved green power tariffs to be offered by Georgia Power and Savannah Electric to their residential and business customers. Georgia Power customers will be able to purchase 100-kWh blocks of green power for an additional $5.50 per month or a premium of 5.5¢/kWh above the standard electricity rate, while the PSC approved a rate premium of 6.0¢/kWh for Savannah Electric customers.
According to Georgia Power, the composition of its Green Energy product will be landfill gas (83%), wind (16%), and solar (1%). To participate in the program, small businesses must purchase a minimum of two blocks, while large businesses must purchase at least 400 blocks each month. All participating customers will be required to subscribe for a minimum of one year.
Both utilities are subsidiaries of Southern Company. Georgia Power serves 2 million customers across the state while Savannah Electric serves 320,000 people in a five-county area. In 2001, the PSC directed both utilities to file proposals for green power programs.
News Release - Georgia Power offers Green Energy rate
News Release - PSC Approves Green Power and Green Energy Pricing Programs (PDF 39 KB) Download Acrobat Reader
News Article - Demand for power requires options
Georgia Power Contact: Jeff Petrea (404) 506-2061
February 2003 - Georgia Power, a subsidiary of the Southern Company, filed plans with the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) to offer its 1.9 million electricity customers a green energy option. The program would enable customers to purchase 100-kilowatt-hour (kWh) blocks of renewable energy from sources such as landfill gas, wind and solar for an extra $6 each month, or 6¢/kWh, plus tax. An average residential customer uses about 1,000 kWh per month at a cost of $75. If approved by the PSC, the utility hopes to begin signing up customers for the program this summer. The renewable energy sources are expected to be available from nine to twelve months after the program launch.
News Article - Option of 'Green Energy' Coming
Georgia Power Contact: Jeff Petrea (404) 506-2061