Is Power4Georgians even a company now?
July 20, 2016

It has been more than 6 years since Power4Georgians (P4G) was granted an air permit for its long-lingering proposed Plant Washington. The financial future for the project Washington County leaders lined up behind in 2008, while Washington EMC leaders poured $1Million dollars of their members’ dollars into it, was uncertain at best when it was announced.


Just this year alone, the two largest coal mining companies in America have filed for bankruptcy. Coal is the energy of the last millennium. Renewable fuels like wind and solar continue to drop in price and grow in demand from consumers.


Despite the mounting setbacks for Plant Washington, its developer, Allied Energy Services’ website says it has found ways to sell power to consumers, but the projects aren’t fueled by coal.


In April, 6 long years after it got an air permit for Plant Washington, Power4Georgians went back to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) asking for yet another extension of its deadline to begin construction of the plant.


P4G claims that regulatory uncertainty is the cause for delays it has encountered.


Since April 2012, P4G has known that its status as either a new or existing source was in question.  And the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) even told the company what it needed to do to resolve questions about its status.


In April 2013, P4G filed a request for status determination, but by November 2013, it withdrew the request without explanation. Instead, P4G now wants yet another extension for its air permit.


Except P4G’s legal status as a company is questionable.


Power4Georgians failed to renew its corporate registration with the Georgia Secretary of State in 2015 and again in 2016 (as of July 13, 2016).

Not only did P4G fail to take care of the two $50 per year renewal registrations with the state, it failed to request renewal of its water discharge permit that was due in March 2015. The state’s Division of Environmental Protection levied a $1,000 fine for the lapse. To our knowledge P4G hasn’t paid the fine, or requested a renewal application, so it has been without a permit essential to Plant Washington for 15 long months.

It looks like no one was minding the shop on Plant Washington while its developer was out selling solar generated power contracts.


The questions about Plant Washington continue to build. The answer from the state should be an easy one: no more renewals for Plant Washington. The clock has run out and there will be no more overtime periods.


Katherine Cummings

FACE (Fall Line Alliance for a Clean Environment)

 

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