TUCKER, Ga., Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia's first renewable energy program, Green Power EMC, just got larger with the addition of 11 new member EMCs. In the future, more than 200,000 additional households will have the choice of purchasing "green" energy from new Green Power EMC members Altamaha, Amicalola, Canoochee, Grady, Hart, Mitchell, Little Ocmulgee, Planters, Slash Pine, Three Notch and Sumter EMCs. "We're delighted these cooperatives made the decision to join the renewable energy effort," said Green Power EMC President Michael Whiteside. "They felt strongly their cooperatives should offer consumer-members the choice to support environmentally-friendly sources of energy." The recent addition of 11 cooperatives brings Green Power EMC membership to 28 electric cooperatives in Georgia, offering green energy to approximately 1.2 million households. Created in 2001, Green Power EMC was originally a joint effort of 17 Georgia cooperatives to contract for electricity generated by renewable resources, like biomass, solar and low-impact hydro. Green Power EMC has generated more than 50 million kilowatt hours of electricity from landfill gas, Georgia's most abundant and economical renewable resource, at two sites that began operating in October 2003. At the same time, Green Power is exploring other renewable resources to add to its generating capacity, and recently added a low impact hydroelectric generating plant at Tallassee Shoals in Athens, Ga. The Roberts Road landfill facility in Fayette County generates one megawatt of power to the statewide electric grid, along with four megawatts of electricity generated at the Taylor County landfill near Columbus, the site of Georgia's first renewable energy facility. Customers signing up for green power pay an additional charge each month ranging from $3 to $5 per 150 kilowatt-hour block, depending upon the participating EMC. Original participants in Green Power EMC include Carroll, Cobb, Coweta- Fayette, Habersham, Irwin, Jackson, Lamar, Ocmulgee, Sawnee, Snapping Shoals, Tri-County and Walton EMCs; Coastal Electric; Diverse Power; Flint Energies; GreyStone Power; Jefferson Energy; and Southern Rivers Energy. Collectively, the 42 customer-owned EMCs provide electricity and related services to four million people, nearly half of Georgia's population, across 73 percent of the state's land area. Georgia's 42 electric membership cooperatives now serve more customers than any other state network of EMCs in the nation. For more information on Green Power EMC, visit www.greenpoweremc.com.
SOURCE Georgia Electric Membership Corporation