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Footnotes Issue #65: September 28, 2012
Bullish on Solar? Not Quite Yet...
On Wednesday, Georgia Power filed plans with the Public Service Commission (PSC) to develop 210 megawatts (MW) of solar power in the next three years, enough to power about 16,500 homes. This is four times more solar capacity than the last "big deal" of 50 megawatts they announced. It is substantial progress and Sierra Club applauds it. To put Georgia Power's announcement in context, Georgia currently has about 17 MW of solar installed, according to state tax credit data. Last year, the Public Service Commission added an additional 50 MW, meaning that 210 MW more is a significant step in the right direction. However, in the first half of 2012 alone, New Jersey added 277 MW. New Jersey is not adjacent to the Sunshine State. A group called the Georgia Solar Utility is proposing to add 2,000 MW in Georgia.
In other Wednesday afternoon renewable energy news, our Beyond Coal Campaign published an Action Alert targeting Governor Nathan Deal's office for their failure to pursue the development of Georgia's significant clean offshore wind energy resources, by not participating in the Department of Interior's Smart from the Start program.
Sierra Club Meetings
October 3 – Presidential Debate: Make Climate Change a Priority
Millions of voters will get their information about our presidential candidates by watching televised debates this fall. If moderator Jim Lehrer, whose show, the PBS NewsHour, has objectively and factually covered climate change, asks the candidates about the issue, millions of viewers will have a real chance to hear a substantive discussion about climate change on the national stage. Will you add your name to the list to make sure climate change is a priority at the debate?
October 7 - Atlanta Streets Alive
Join thousands of fellow Atlanta residents from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., as we take over 5 miles of car-free public space. It's your time to ride, walk, run, skip, cartwheel, skate or sing your way down North Highland Avenue, Virginia Avenue and the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail. To join the Great Atlanta Halloween Bicycle Parade, lineup at Corley Street and Highland (next to P'Cheens and Highland Bakery). We'll have kickoff announcements at 1:50pm and the Parade will roll right at 2:00 p.m.!
October 13 - Ogeechee River Orchestra Premiere
October 20 – Hike at Dobbins Mountain (near Cartersville)
Join expert botanist Jim Allison for a rare opportunity to see one of the largest remaining populations of Georgia aster. After viewing the Georgia asters, the group will hike through the adjacent hardwood forest in the "saddle" between the unusual double ridges of Dobbins Mountain, which is protected by a conservation easement that was designated as a wildlife refuge and administered by the City of Euharlee.
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