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Advanced Technologies

To balance supply with our growing customer demand for energy, Georgia Power considers a wide range of energy resources. Each energy resource has both benefits and limitations. We are committed to researching how to make traditional energy resources less impactful on the environment and at the same time, still provide reliable and cost-effective energy for our customers. Read below to see our latest energy advancements with traditional energy resources.

How Georgia Power Generates Energy
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Natural Gas

Since 2000, Southern Company has added 8,500 megawatts of cleaner, natural gas-fueled production. In fact, most utilities in the U.S. have added only natural gas-fueled plants to their fleets in the past several years.

Natural gas-fueled combined cycle power plants continue to grow in efficiency through advances in turbine technology.

Natural gas-fueled power plants will remain a viable option because they are clean and relatively fast, and are less costly to build.

Natural gas-fueled plants do produce carbon emissions, but at a rate about half that of coal-fueled plants.

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Biomass

Georgia Power has a 53.5 MW capacity contract with one biomass facility with Piedmont Green Power, LLC, a woody biomass facility in Barnesville, GA through 2032.

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Water Research Center

Georgia Power and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have opened the Water Research Center (WRC) at Georgia Power's Plant Bowen, near Cartersville, Ga. to research water-dependent technologies associated with power generation.

The WRC provides a site for testing technologies to address efficiencies of water use in generating electricity. Outcomes will be shared with Georgia Power, EPRI members and, ultimately, the broader electric utility industry. This allows utilities all over the world to evaluate new technology research and, where appropriate, improve water efficiency. Operated by the Southern Research Institute, the WRC serves to educate industry, academia and community leaders about the importance of smart water use and water conservation.

The outcomes of this pioneering research will be highly analyzed to determine what works and what doesn't work to conserve water in very specific ways in the associated processes of generating electricity.

The WRC will include seven research focus areas:

  • Moisture recovery
  • Cooling tower and advanced cooling systems
  • Zero liquid discharge options
  • Low volume wastewater treatment
  • Solid waste landfill water management
  • Carbon technology water issues
  • Water modeling, monitoring and best management practices
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Water Research

Georgia Power and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) are researching technologies to help solve water issues.

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Generating Electricity

Get an overview of our different plants and see how they work.

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Did You Know?

The amount of solar energy that strikes the Earth in one hour is more than enough to provide all of the Earth's energy needs for a complete year.

How Much Was Produced Today?

See the daily output of
our seven-panel demonstration project atop Georgia Power's headquarters roof in Atlanta.


REC Disclaimer:
A Renewable Energy Certificate (REC), sometimes called a renewable energy credit, represents the renewable attributes of energy produced from a renewable energy facility. RECs are considered a commodity and can be sold or traded separately from the actual energy. Georgia Power purchases only the null energy output from the renewable generating facilities that have contracted to sell energy from their solar facilities through the Large Scale Solar (LSS) program and the initial (2013/2014) Advance Solar Initiative (ASI). The sole ownership of RECs belong to each generating facility, as specifically stated in each respective power purchase agreement (PPA). The original intent of these programs was to grow renewable resources in Georgia, while allowing the generating facilities to retain the benefits of the RECs. Georgia Power does not report emission reductions from the null energy purchased through PPAs that do not bundle the RECs for sale to Georgia Power.

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