LocaL cLean Power
SoutheaSt energy oPPortunitieS
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This fact sheet is based on data and discussion in the WRI/SACE/Southface issue brief “Local Clean Power” (see: www.wri.org/publication/southeast-energy-policy).
ta 1. Rna Pr Gnran Pna (Gw)
Biomass 20,433 22,703Solar PV 2,800 18,668Low-impact hydro 4,000 4,445Wind (onshore) 3,272 3,635Total 30,505 49,451
Renewable Energy Opportunities in
Georgia can generate an additional 50,000 GWh o electricity rom available renewable energy resources (see Table 1), which would make total renewable power production equal to
approximately 40 percent of current electricity sales
.Renewable and conventional power options are comparable intotal costs or new generation, but renewable energy resourcesoer advantages in terms o water use, air quality, and climateimpacts (see back).
New ReNewAble electRicity GeNeRAtioN:NeAR-teRm PoRtfolioNew ReNewAble electRicityGeNeRAtioN:mid-teRm PoRtfolio
o Establish rm targets and fexible market rameworks with a renewableelectricity standard (RES) that requires utilities to generate or sourcean increasing percentage o their power rom renewable resources. Atarget o 25 percent renewable electricity by 2025 is an achievable goal.o Provide fexible tax credits, investment rebates, low-interest loans, andmarket pricing or third-party renewable electric power production.o Develop interconnection and net metering rules, along with advancedgrid inrastructure and clear and predictable permitting processes.o Create environmental perormance criteria, denitions, and incen-tives or sustainable biomass energy resources. Provide research andresource monitoring support to ensure adequate supplies and bestmanagement practices.