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Georgia’s Chatham County Commission Unanimously Passes Resolution Protecting Forests

#Stand4Forests Campaign Launches in Georgia as County Commissioners Show True Leadership and Call on Other State and Local Leaders to Do the Same

The Chatham County Commission has unanimously passed what is thought to be a first-in-the-nation resolution to promote local climate protection and protect standing forests. The resolution bans the use of taxpayer funds to subsidize the industrial wood pellet industry. It passed with bipartisan support with Commissioners stepping up to provide leadership on both protecting taxpayers from wasteful subsidies and addressing climate change.

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Georgia Power enters into new agreements with Toshiba and Westinghouse for Vogtle nuclear expansion

Georgia Power, the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company, has entered into a new agreement with Toshiba, the parent company of Vogtle contractor Westinghouse. The agreement, approved by the U.S. Department of Energy, affirms the value of Toshiba's guarantee at $3.68 billion – providing additional protections for Georgia electric customers following Westinghouse's March bankruptcy. Additionally, Georgia Power and Westinghouse have finalized a new service agreement which allows for the transition of project management at the Vogtle expansion from Westinghouse to Southern Nuclear and Georgia Power.  The service agreement is subject to approval of the Westinghouse Board of Directors and certain other conditions, including bankruptcy court approval. The project is co-owned by Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power, MEAG Power and Dalton Utilities.

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New Report Highlights Economic Benefits of Electric Vehicles for Georgia

The net economic benefits to Georgia’s economy.

A new report shows that policies supporting electric vehicles (EVs) can generate millions of dollars in net economic benefits to Georgia’s economy.

The report was spurred by concern about a 90 percent drop in EVs sales in Georgia since the repeal of the state’s Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) tax credit and the addition of a new $200 ‘user’ fee to EV drivers’ registration in 2015. At the time that credit was repealed and new fee implemented, Georgia was the number one state for sales of the Nissan LEAF and had the second-highest number of EVs registered nationally. Georgia currently has more than 21,000 EVs registered in the state.

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May rain brings relief to Georgia farmers

May’s warm, wet conditions brought relief to the parched areas of the state, and Georgians can expect more of the same in June.

The rain was welcomed by farmers, but so much rain in such a short period of time delayed planting in some areas and caused erosion and flash-flooding problems.

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Building a Sustainable ‘Highway of the Future’

  John Robinson of Mobile, Alabama, parks his car on a solar road surface in front of a “solar tree” at the West Point, Georgia, visitors center on Interstate 85. New technologies for green, sustainable highways are being tested near the Georgia-Alabama border. © The Pew Charitable Trusts

Just past the Alabama border, in a bit of rural Georgia filled with manufacturing plants and distribution warehouses, there’s an 18-mile stretch of Interstate 85 where new technologies are being tested for what could be a green highway of the future.

The long-term goal is to build the world’s first sustainable road, a highway that could create its own clean, renewable energy and generate income by selling power to utility companies, while producing no stormwater runoff or other pollution and eliminating traffic deaths.

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