Georgia Power strikes long-term landfill waste deal
Georgia Power has now signed another long-term contract
with an independent renewable generator that will produce electricity
from landfill waste.
Georgia Power and Georgia Waste To Energy Cedar Grove
LLC, in partnership with America’s Waste To Energy, penned a 10 year
deal for electricity that will be generated from everyday household trash.
The power will come from the Cedar Grove gasification facility in Barnesville,
Georgia. The material used to make electricity will come from household
garbage delivered to the Lamar County Regional Solid Waste Landfill.
The Cedar Grove facility initially will produce six
megawatts of renewable energy annually and plans to expand its generation
capacity to 18 megawatts within the year. Under the contract, Georgia
Power will purchase 100 percent of the plant’s capacity.
This marks the first contract Georgia Power has signed
for electricity generated through a gasification process. This process
will not only produce renewable generation, it will also clean the existing
“By tapping into the power of biomass gasification
to make electricity, Georgia Power is not only doing what’s good for
the environment but is also continuing to diversify its expanding renewable
portfolio throughout the state,” said Jeff Burleson, director of Resource
Policy and Planning.
Georgia Power also currently purchases approximately
22,500 annual megawatt-hours from a landfill methane gas plant in DeKalb
County that produces electricity from household waste, nearly 90 percent
of which has become part of the company’s Green Energy program.
With the addition of this contract, Georgia Power’s
energy portfolio includes contracts with seven qualified biomass and
renewable facilities throughout the state that will generate 136 megawatts
of capacity, or enough renewable energy to power more than 34,000 homes.
These contracts include electricity generated from wood waste, landfill
methane gas and hydro. Georgia Power also buys energy from eight other
renewable sources when available.