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Footnotes Issue #68: January 14, 2013
Dirtiest Coal in Georgia on its Way Out
In a victory for clean air and public health, Georgia Power announced last week its plans to phase out 15 total aging coal and oil-burning units at Plant Branch, Plant Yates, and Plant Kraft as our power company prepares to begin its multi-year planning process at the Georgia Public Service Commission later this month.
Nationwide, coal use is at its lowest levels in decades as cleaner sources of energy are declining in price and coal is becoming more expensive, and with today’s announcement, 129 coal plants nationwide have been slated for retirement. The story was so big that Sierra Club Executive Director Mike Brune was interview for a story on NPR's All Things Considered. Although Georgia Power has been slow to invest in clean energy generation to meet Georgia’s energy needs, today’s announcement demonstrates that coal-fired power plants are no longer able to provide competitively priced electricity in the Peach State.
Help us by sending a note to Georgia Power CEO Paul Bowers, urging that the coal power be replaced with energy efficiency, solar and wind!
Sierra Club Meetings
January 26 – Winter Hike to Blood Mountain
Sign up here to join us beginning at Vogel State Park to hike the Coosa Loop trail clockwise to it's intersection with the Duncan Ridge Trail, then follow the Duncan Ridge Trail over to the Appalachian Trail and up to Blood Mtn. On the way back we will take the Bear Hair Gap trail and go to an overlook with a view of the park. There are nice views at the top of Blood Mountain and the overlook. We will take a moderate pace. 10 miles and 2300 feet of elevation gain. 4-5 hrs hiking time. Mid-January may possibly mean cold weather and snow/ice on Blood Mtn.
January 23 - Sierra Club & Beer
Help protect the planet and have a good time doing it! On January 23rd Jennette Gayer from Environment Georgia will be talking about how wind energy can work in Georgia and put Georgians to work. Play environmental trivia, meet new people, get involved. Event is from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Music Room, 327 Edgewood Ave. Like our Facebook page and please RSVP here and help cover our costs by bringing a $5 suggested donation!
February 1 - Al Gore at the Carter Center
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