Oglethorpe Power to Construct Energy Facility in Talbot County

Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Oglethorpe Power Corporation

    TALBOTTON, Ga., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Oglethorpe Power Corporation
 today formally announced its decision to construct an estimated $280 million,
 natural gas-powered energy facility in southwest Talbot County to help meet
 Georgia's growing need for electricity.  The 652-megawatt (MW) facility on
 Cartledge Road will supply power to participating Electric Membership
 Corporations (EMCs) throughout the state.  It is expected to provide more than
 a million dollars in annual property tax, sales tax, and other benefits to the
 county.
     Michael W. Price, chief operating officer for the not-for-profit power
 supply cooperative, said the Talbot County project is a much-needed facility
 that will "help ensure adequate power for our Members and their consumers and
 help avoid some of the problems like those now being experienced in
 California."
     "We're a Georgia-based corporation working in partnership with our Member
 EMCs to help meet the electricity needs of one of the fastest growing states
 in the nation," Price said.
     Price praised Talbot County and area officials and residents for their
 outstanding cooperation and assistance in helping Oglethorpe Power locate and
 evaluate the site.  "The County Commission, the Development Authority, the
 Valley Partnership, federal, state and local legislators, and other local
 officials and citizens have been helpful and supportive, and we thank them
 greatly for their support," he said.  "We believe this will be an outstanding
 asset for the citizens of Talbot County."
     Oglethorpe Power plans to construct the energy facility on a 200-acre
 tract on Cartledge Road that was recently acquired in a land swap with Mead
 Coated Board, Inc.  The property had been under study for about a year, and a
 public meeting to provide information and obtain input on the proposed
 facility was held last October.  The first four of the facility's planned six
 units are scheduled for operation in the summer of 2002, with an additional
 two units scheduled for the summer of 2003.
     Price said the facility will occupy only about 25 acres of the 200-acre
 site, and the rest will be maintained as a buffer.  In addition to using
 clean-burning, low emission natural gas, the new facility will feature the
 latest in technology to assure clean, safe, unobtrusive and efficient
 operation.
     The electric generating units will be constructed and operated inside a
 fenced area and will utilize distance, natural barriers and noise control
 technology to ensure that noise levels are not increased significantly above
 background levels.   The facility will provide peak electricity and will
 operate an estimated 1,000 to 1,500 hours a year, mainly during the hot summer
 months.
     Price said grading work has already begun on the site and will continue
 for several weeks.  Actual construction could begin as early as June, pending
 the issuance of an air permit by the state Environmental Protection Division
 (EPD).  The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), a federal agency expected to
 provide a loan guarantee for the project, recently determined through an
 environmental assessment that the facility would have no significant impact on
 the environment.
     In conjunction with its announcement on the energy project, Oglethorpe
 Power also announced that it will make donations to several organizations
 within Talbot County.  The organizations are: the Talbot County School System,
 the Talbot County Literacy Council, the Talbot County Library, the Downtown
 Talbotton Revitalization Project and the Box Springs Volunteer Fire
 Department.  Amounts and details will be announced later.
     Oglethorpe Power Corporation is the not-for-profit power supplier to 39 of
 Georgia's 42 customer-owned EMCs.  These EMCs serve more than 3.4 million
 Georgians in about two-thirds of the state's land area.  Oglethorpe Power is
 based in Tucker, Ga.
 
 

SOURCE Oglethorpe Power Corporation
    TALBOTTON, Ga., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Oglethorpe Power Corporation
 today formally announced its decision to construct an estimated $280 million,
 natural gas-powered energy facility in southwest Talbot County to help meet
 Georgia's growing need for electricity.  The 652-megawatt (MW) facility on
 Cartledge Road will supply power to participating Electric Membership
 Corporations (EMCs) throughout the state.  It is expected to provide more than
 a million dollars in annual property tax, sales tax, and other benefits to the
 county.
     Michael W. Price, chief operating officer for the not-for-profit power
 supply cooperative, said the Talbot County project is a much-needed facility
 that will "help ensure adequate power for our Members and their consumers and
 help avoid some of the problems like those now being experienced in
 California."
     "We're a Georgia-based corporation working in partnership with our Member
 EMCs to help meet the electricity needs of one of the fastest growing states
 in the nation," Price said.
     Price praised Talbot County and area officials and residents for their
 outstanding cooperation and assistance in helping Oglethorpe Power locate and
 evaluate the site.  "The County Commission, the Development Authority, the
 Valley Partnership, federal, state and local legislators, and other local
 officials and citizens have been helpful and supportive, and we thank them
 greatly for their support," he said.  "We believe this will be an outstanding
 asset for the citizens of Talbot County."
     Oglethorpe Power plans to construct the energy facility on a 200-acre
 tract on Cartledge Road that was recently acquired in a land swap with Mead
 Coated Board, Inc.  The property had been under study for about a year, and a
 public meeting to provide information and obtain input on the proposed
 facility was held last October.  The first four of the facility's planned six
 units are scheduled for operation in the summer of 2002, with an additional
 two units scheduled for the summer of 2003.
     Price said the facility will occupy only about 25 acres of the 200-acre
 site, and the rest will be maintained as a buffer.  In addition to using
 clean-burning, low emission natural gas, the new facility will feature the
 latest in technology to assure clean, safe, unobtrusive and efficient
 operation.
     The electric generating units will be constructed and operated inside a
 fenced area and will utilize distance, natural barriers and noise control
 technology to ensure that noise levels are not increased significantly above
 background levels.   The facility will provide peak electricity and will
 operate an estimated 1,000 to 1,500 hours a year, mainly during the hot summer
 months.
     Price said grading work has already begun on the site and will continue
 for several weeks.  Actual construction could begin as early as June, pending
 the issuance of an air permit by the state Environmental Protection Division
 (EPD).  The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), a federal agency expected to
 provide a loan guarantee for the project, recently determined through an
 environmental assessment that the facility would have no significant impact on
 the environment.
     In conjunction with its announcement on the energy project, Oglethorpe
 Power also announced that it will make donations to several organizations
 within Talbot County.  The organizations are: the Talbot County School System,
 the Talbot County Literacy Council, the Talbot County Library, the Downtown
 Talbotton Revitalization Project and the Box Springs Volunteer Fire
 Department.  Amounts and details will be announced later.
     Oglethorpe Power Corporation is the not-for-profit power supplier to 39 of
 Georgia's 42 customer-owned EMCs.  These EMCs serve more than 3.4 million
 Georgians in about two-thirds of the state's land area.  Oglethorpe Power is
 based in Tucker, Ga.
 
 SOURCE  Oglethorpe Power Corporation