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On the heels of its announced 210 MW solar initiative and a recent 250 MW wind purchase, Atlanta-based utility Georgia Power has added 53.5 MW of new biomass capacity to the company's generation portfolio.

Through a 20-year purchase power agreement with Rollcast Energy Inc., Georgia Power will receive all generation output of the newly completed Piedmont Green Power plant, located in Barnesville, Ga.

The biomass generation process at Piedmont Green Power will create energy by utilizing forestry byproducts found in places such as logging areas and land clearings - materials that would otherwise end up in landfills or be left to decompose naturally, Georgia Power notes. The plant will process 500,000 tons of woody biomass annually, and the owner will retain all renewable energy credits.

Although Georgia does not have a renewable portfolio standard mandate, the utility says it continues to pursue economic opportunities to grow its clean energy portfolio. Earlier this year, the utility announced plans to have 1.5 GW of renewable generation available by the end of 2016.

"We continue to implement a strategy that diversifies our generation portfolio through renewable sources that are cost-effective for our customers," said Paul Bowers, president and CEO of Georgia Power. "Our customers want safe, clean, reliable and affordable energy, and that's a commitment we will keep."



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