Plant Washington & Coal

Macon Telegraph: Future of coal looks “dim”
May 12, 2014

A Macon Telegraph article reports that EMCs have drug their feet on adopting renewable energy sources to their portfolios, even though they continue to decrease in price.

The Telegraph reports that major suppliers, including Georgia Power, are reducing their reliance on coal while adding wind and solar to their portfolios. Scott Thomasson, a Georgia-born attorney working for NewBuild Strategies, LLC, told the newspaper, “Georgia is proving right now you can add solar without raising rates. … It’s not going to raise Georgia Power customers’ rates a dime,” he said.

Thomasson told the Telegraph that there’s sort of a cloud of uncertainty over any coal plant that makes it hard to invest in, especially when you have cheaper, cleaner alternatives in the market.”

The cloud of uncertainty hanging over Plant Washington got darker and more threatening in January 2012 when Cobb EMC decided to walk away from Plant Washington, and perhaps never recoup the millions it had already sunk into the project.

U.S Court of Appeals upholds strict air standards for coal plants
April 15, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the Mercury and Air Toxins Standards (MATS) for power plants today, which will help protect the health of citizens across the country. The standards, years in the making, will reduce mercury, arsenic, lead, and other toxic emissions from power plants.

John Suttles. an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, represented the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Lung Association, American Nurses Association, American Public Health Association, and the Physicians for Social Responsibility as interveners in the case. Suttles released the following statement:

“Today’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals secures critically important safeguards for people’s health, particularly in the Southeast, where people are vulnerable to some of the largest concentrations of coal-fired power plants in the country. Coal plants are among the largest sources of toxic pollution into the air we breathe.”

“Today’s decision is a great result for clean air and the health of families across the Southeast. It assures that one of the biggest unregulated sources of toxic air pollution must finally limit their emissions of toxic mercury, lead, arsenic, acid gases, and other heavy metals.”

“Families in Atlanta and Richmond—cities that suffer from some of the highest levels of toxic air pollution from coal plants in the country— as well as families across the Southeast will be able breathe easier with limits on toxic pollution finally in place.”

The Southern Environmental Law Center represents FACE.

Chamber of Commerce on Plant Washington support: “dwindling”
April 14, 2014

Today’s Macon Telegraph includes an article on Plant Washington which includes Power4Georgian’s (P4G) former employee Charles Lee saying this about the likelihood of Plant Washington being built, “the number of us who are still encouraged by that possibility are dwindling….” Lee now leads the Washington County Chamber of Commerce and the Industrial Development Authority.

P4G has requested a permit extension from the state’s Envrironmental Protection Division (EPD). The Telegraph reports that in September Dean Alford submitted a letter to the EPD which said P4G had been unable to complete the design of the boiler or commence construction.

In November Alford submitted another letter to the EPD stating that the project is in a “difficult position” according to the Macon paper.

In the mean time, the solar plant in Davisboro will hold a ribbon cutting on May 2nd. That facility is sending all of the power it can produce to Cobb EMC, which was the lead EMC in proposing Plant Washington over six years ago. Cobb EMC abandoned Plant Washington over 2.5 years ago, which meant the project lost it’s greatest source of funding.

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