With the cost of solar installations rapidly declining, and the
number of government and utility incentives increasing, solar has
undergone a radical evolution from a feel good environmental story
to a source for businesses to gain a financial advantage over their
Southern Power, a leading U.S. wholesale energy provider and
subsidiary of Southern Company, today announced that it has entered
an agreement to sell the Mankato Energy Center to Xcel Energy for
Mankato, a natural gas combined-cycle generation facility, will have
a maximum capacity of approximately 760 megawatts upon completion of
an ongoing expansion project. The completion of the sale, subject to
regulatory approval and other closing conditions, is expected to be
“The Mankato Energy Center is a valuable part of the local community
and the regional energy infrastructure,” said Southern Power
President and CEO Mark Lantrip. “This transaction is a great
opportunity to deliver value for the benefit of Southern Company
Proceeds from this transaction will be used to strengthen the
balance sheet of Southern Company and position Southern Power to
continue providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable wholesale
energy to its customers across the U.S, including the expansion of
one of the nation’s largest carbon-free renewable energy portfolios.
Solar power is here right now. Georgia is #10 in the nation (up from #22 in 2017)
by solar deployed (1,552.98 MW) and #7 in projected growth,
the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
That’s ahead of Florida, but still behind much farther north New Jersey and Massachusetts, which have less sun.
This year the Southern Company
annual report says increased energy revenues were “primarily due
to increases in renewable energy sales”, yet Southern Power is selling off
a third interest in its solar facilities.
Why? To pay off debt from its failed Big Bet on Plant Vogtle nukes,
and its new Big Bet on stranded assets in natural gas pipelines.
I don’t think the future lies that way, Tom Fanning, abandoning solar power
and getting in bed with Sabal Trail.
10AM Wednesday, May 23, 2018
The Lodge Conference Center at Callaway Gardens,
4500 Southern Pine Drive, Pine Mountain, Georgia 31822
Intrigued by Shaw’s conviction about the inevitable importance of
the Internet, Bezos started researching its growth. A Texas-based
author and publisher named John Quarterman had recently started the
Matrix News, a monthly newsletter extolling the Internet and
discussing its commercial possibilities. One set of numbers in
particular in the February 1994 edition of the newsletter was
startling. For the first time, Quarterman broke down the growth of
the year-old World Wide Web and pointed out that its simple,
friendly interface appealed to a far broader audience than other
Internet technologies. In one chart, he showed that the number of
bytes—a set of binary digits —transmitted over the Web
had increased by a factor of 2,057 between January 1993 and January
Years ago I met Rep. Lamar Smith at the Texas State Capitol.
He studiously avoided my attempts to talk to him about solar power.
And is House Committee report on energy markets does not mention
solar power even once, and wind only to sneer at it.
The report does spend quite a bit of space promoting fracking.
Oh, it’s supposed to be about those horrid Russians.
It builds its case otherwise around 4% of 9,097 social media posts
over two years, which is about one every other day.
I personally post more than that.
Not a very impressive report.
A few years ago,
a doctor in Valdosta applied for a variance
for solar panels over his parking lot.
The Zoning Board of Approvals (ZBOA) tabled it,
because Valdosta’s Land Development Regulations (LDR)
did not permit that.
I think he then made the panels connected to his building,
which put them a different and already-permitted category.
What if Valdosta and other local governments updated their codes
to enable parking lot and other solar power?
4-6PM Monday, March 12, 2018
National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Library (NESPAL)
2356 Rainwater Road, Tifton, GA 31793
“The Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, and University of Georgia have come together to develop a model solar zoning ordinance to provide county and city officials and other decision-makers in Georgia access to best practices and a common baseline from which to work. We will produce a comprehensive document that addresses multiple scales and types of solar energy systems that counties and cities can adopt and adapt to their needs.”