TUCKER, Ga., Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia's first renewable energy
program, Green Power EMC, just got larger with the addition of 11 new member
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
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
For more information on Green Power EMC, visit www.greenpoweremc.com.
SOURCE Georgia Electric Membership Corporation