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Energy Sources

Diversity for Reliability

To meet Georgia's growing demand for energy, Georgia Power considers a wide range of energy resources. Together, these energy sources allow us to provide reliable, safe and affordable energy to our customers. As environmental stewards, Georgia Power is constantly researching the effectiveness of new energy sources as we strive to lessen our impact on the environment. Read below to learn more about the energy sources we use.


Coal accounts for more than half of the power produced in the United States. Learn how coal plants work and how Georgia Power is installing the latest environmental controls to greatly reduce coal emissions and make this traditional energy source easier on the environment.
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There are many great benefits to nuclear power: it's inexpensive, it's safe, and it provides emission-free energy. Georgia Power utilizes two nuclear facilities: Plant Vogtle and Plant Hatch. Read more about how nuclear energy works, our plants, and the environmental advantages to using nuclear power.
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Natural Gas

Natural gas-fueled combined cycle power plants offer one of the cleanest and most efficient methods of producing electricity. Georgia Power is replacing coal-fueled units with three 840 megawatt natural gas units at Plant McDonough-Atkinson.
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Solar Energy

Learn how this environmentally friendly resource works and how Georgia Power is testing and utilizing solar. We also provide information to help you determine if solar is a good option for your home and, if so, how to get started.
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Hydro Power

Hydro Power is one of the cleanest, most environmentally safe sources of renewable energy. In addition to the clean electricity it offers us, hydro power plants create lakes that offer an assortment of recreational opportunities: swimming, boating and fishing.
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Biomass is a renewable resource derived from using leftovers from tree-thinning activities (wood chips, dead trees, branches) as fuel. Learn how, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, we are working to reduce power plant emissions, while also benefiting the National Forest System.
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Landfill Gas

In an effort to better manage the methane gas found in municipal landfills, Georgia Power has begun combusting the gas to produce power. Read about this resourceful endeavor to both minimize greenhouse gases and meet energy needs.
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In an effort to employ additional green energy sources, Southern Company and the Georgia Institute of Technology completed a study to determine the effectiveness of wind usage for power generation. Learn about the possibility of wind as an energy source for Georgia.
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Did You Know?

Across the state, Georgia Power owns a network of 18 generating plants and 19 hydroelectric dams. Learn more about our generating plants.

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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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