In 2016, Georgia Power began purchasing energy sourced from 250 MW of Oklahoma-based Blue Canyon wind farms. The wind purchases from Blue Canyon are another demonstration of Georgia Power’s commitment to add renewable resources to its portfolio in a cost-effective manner that does not put upward pressure on rates, and will provide enough electricity to power more than 50,000 Georgia homes.
Researching Wind Power
Georgia Power has invested in the exploration of wind energy in Georgia since 2005. Currently, the company is researching wind generation with small scale wind turbines and wind potential at high altitudes.
Small Scale Wind (turbines that are less than10kW): The Small Scale Wind Demonstration project is under development to research opportunities and challenges associated with small scale wind in Georgia. A two year lease has been signed at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography for a coastal location that will host a meteorological tower. The Company is currently investigating locations in the coastal area to install three small wind turbines. Through this demonstration project, the Company hopes to gain a better understanding of the feasibility of small scale wind generation in the coastal region of Georgia, and study the environmental impact of wind turbines including avian and noise analysis.
High Wind Study: The Company is using LiDAR units (laser surveying tools) to measure wind speed and direction at 200 meter altitudes at three locations across Georgia over a two-year period. Georgia Power aims to study feasibility for economic viability and validate modeled wind data at higher altitudes in Georgia.
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