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About 200 Georgians Met with Legislators Urging Passage of Critical Coal Ash Legislation

From left to right: Amelia Shenstone (SACE), Rep. Stacy Abrams, Jess Sterling (Chattahoochee Riverkeeper)About 200 Georgians gathered at the Capitol Building, State Representative Jeff Jones (R-Brunswick) filed legislation to address Georgia’s toxic coal ash pollution.

H.B. 387 requires utilities to submit a “major modification” to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) water discharge permits before releasing coal ash wastewater into Georgia’s waterways.


Simple Solar: Simply not Solar

Georgia Power Simple SolarGeorgia Power recently released a new solar energy program to replace its Green Energy program which it retired in late 2016. The Green Energy program had people support renewable energy by paying a premium price to have Georgia Power purchase green energy into their mix of energy production. The base of the green energy program went into biofuels and biogas. There was an additional fee you could pay to guarantee new solar being implemented in Georgia. Many Georgians participated in this program. For solar proponents, this was a way to support new solar in Georgia because the Public Service Commission was persuaded that the extra opt-in money to be meaningful to local solar development.  


Georgia Solar Energy Association’s Second Annual WISE Event Celebrates Women’s Career Gains in the Solar Industry

Solar Sister Founder and CEO Katherine Lucey to provide keynote addressSolar Sister Founder and CEO Katherine Lucey to provide keynote address

The Georgia Solar Energy Association’s Second Annual WISE Event on Tuesday, February 21, will celebrate the significant economic gains women in Georgia, the U.S. and worldwide are making with solar industry growth.

The event will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21, at Blue Mark Studios, 892 Jefferson Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30318.


Georgia Historical Society Announces the Collection of Environmental Visionary Ray C. Anderson Now Open For Research

Ray C. Anderson Papers available at the Georgia Historical SocietyThe Georgia Historical Society (GHS) is pleased to announce that the collection of the late Ray C. Anderson, the visionary industrialist, environmentalist, and founder of Interface, Inc., is now available for research at the GHS Research Center in Savannah and online through the GHS online finding aids. The collection was donated to GHS by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation and Interface, Inc. in late 2015.


New coal ash regulations on the way?

Coal-fired power plants produce a dangerous waste product: coal ash. Two Georgia legislators are poised to introduce bills to limit how this waste product — often full of heavy metals and other contaminants — can be disposed of.

Coal ash is ugly stuff. Right now, Duke Energy is trying to settle a lawsuit with residents in North Carolina who are concerned their well water will be contaminated by nearby unlined coal ash pits.


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