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GeorgiaEnergyData.org Breaks Down Barriers to Clean Energy

New website illustrates economic benefits of locally produced solar energy

Southface’s new project website, GeorgiaEnergyData.org, compiles information about Georgia's energy landscape and makes it easily accessible to the public using interactive maps, graphs and tables.

Southface initiated the Georgia Energy Data project to clarify information about the various energy resources available in Georgia. Existing information sources did not include comprehensive details regarding Georgia’s renewable energy infrastructure, total energy consumption and electricity production. As a result, policymakers, industry leaders and consumers could not fully understand the state’s energy landscape and Georgia’s potential for clean energy.

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Flint River Bill Threatens Rivers and Property Rights

SB 213, a bill currently being considered by the Georgia House of Representatives, contains a poison pill that threatens rivers, property rights and taxpayers, says the Georgia Water Coalition, a coalition of 193 conservation and environmental organizations, hunting and fishing groups, businesses, and faith-based organizations that have been working to protect Georgia’s water since 2002. Collectively, these organizations represent more than 300,000 Georgians.

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Seven Georgia Organizations Receive 2013 Energy Star Awards

Seven organizations in Georgia were honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) with 2013 awards from the Energy Star Program. This award was given because of their outstanding leadership and commitment to protecting America’s environment through energy efficiency.

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House Bill 657 – Georgia’s Solar Monopoly Bill

Robert BakerSometimes legislation is visionary and sometimes it is timely, but rarely is legislation as antiquated and anti-competitive as is the case with House Bill 657. This proposed legislation will authorize the Georgia Public Service Commission (“PSC”) to select a “community solar provider” to be the sole developer of solar generation facilities throughout Georgia. Rather than eliminating existing regulatory and legislative barriers to developing competitive renewable energy generation in Georgia, HB 657 would create a new regulatory framework where the PSC would select and regulate one company to develop large scale solar power projects.

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GSEA Position on the Rural Georgia Economic Recovery and Solar Resource Act of 2013

Mark Bell, chairman of the Georgia Solar Energy Association, has issued the following statement on the GSEA position on HB 657, which was introduced Friday in the 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly.

HB 657 proposes the “Rural Georgia Economic Recovery and Solar Resource Act of 2013,” which can be read in its entirety on the Georgia General Assembly website by entering the bill number in the search portal.

GSEA Chairman Bell said his organization plans to be part of the forthcoming deliberations on HB 657’s details.

“GSEA has long held the position that the Co-generation Act of 2001 is the relevant code section for increasing solar development in Georgia and that no changes need to be made to the Territorial Act to allow for third-party solar energy sales,” Bell said. “We are glad to see the legislation adopts this outlook.”

“We also like the legislation’s intent to extend the oversight of the Georgia Public Service Commission to this program should it be adopted.”

“That said, this legislation in its current form appears to lack a number of important details that GSEA would like to see spelled out before offering its support. Our lingering questions involve how and to what extent a broad range of consumers will benefit from this program as well as how it will impact the solar market throughout the state.”

“We look forward to taking part in the discussion this proposal will prompt and plan to monitor its development through the legislative process.”

About the Georgia Solar Energy Association: The Georgia Solar Energy Association, comprised of leading experts in solar manufacturing and installation, academia, finance, and the law is leading the effort in Georgia to promote the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy through education, advocacy and industry support. Our members are working together to make Georgia a leader in innovation, creating jobs, and attracting investment.

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