Powering Georgia's Energy Future
Georgia's Growing Need for Electricity
Georgia is the fifth fastest growing state in the nation and the ninth largest state overall. Today, more than 9.4 million residents call Georgia home and the state's 41 electric membership corporations provide power to nearly half this population and more than 70 percent of Georgia's land area. Georgia's EMCs continue to maintain electricity rates below the national average despite this rapid growth. See Oglethorpe Power Corp. for more on Georgia's future power supplies. Headquartered in Tucker, Ga., OPC is the nation's largest power supply cooperative, and is owned by 38 Georgia electric cooperatives.
To spread the word on the need to have safe, affordable electricity for generations to come, GEORGIA Magazine began a series of monthly Energy Outlook pieces designed to give people straightforward, easy to understand facts on the future of energy use, upcoming legislation and cost. Click below to download these special articles.
Meeting the Demand for More With Less
For the past 70 years, Georgia's electric cooperatives have been dedicated to providing reliable, low-cost electricity to their member-owners on a not-for-profit basis. Their success comes not only from responsible power supply planning but also proactive energy efficiency initiatives. A recent survey of the state's electric co-ops quantified these programs and their results. From energy audits to load-management switches installed on air conditioners, EMC energy efficiency programs have saved enough energy to power a city of 5,550 residents for one year. See our 2011 EMC Demand Side Management, Energy Conservation & Energy Efficiency report for details.
Go Green With Green Power EMC
Green Power EMC is the statewide cooperative devoted to providing power to EMC members using renewable resources. Formed in 2001, Green Power EMC was the first utility in Georgia to offer its consumers a choice in how some of their electricity is produced. This cooperative uses "green" resources such as biomass, solar, wind, and water to generate electricity. From sponsoring solar panels in schools to making electricity from landfill trash, see how you can participate in Green Power EMC. Currently 38 of Georgia's EMCs are members of this cooperative.
Our Energy, Our Future
Experts predict a 30 percent increase in power demand by 2030 in America. Some areas of the country are expected to run short of power as soon as one to two years. With a sincere belief in the power of grassroots efforts, electric cooperatives maintain an ongoing dialogue with elected officials about energy and climate change. Our industry also maintains a Web site to make it easy for individual cooperative member-owners to get involved in this dialogue. Go to Our Energy, Our Future for pressing questions that need to be posed to our nation's leaders.
Energy Efficiency: The Fifth Fuel
As a resident of Georgia, you can have a direct hand in the energy future of our state: 1) Check out Conserve Georgia to see the multitude of energy, water and land conservation programs operated by the state and make conservation a part of your daily life. 2) Explore the ENERGY STAR federal program which aims to help protect our environment through energy efficient appliances, homes, commercial buildings and individual practices. 3) Do an online energy audit of your home to identify your greatest potential for energy savings. 4) Contact your local EMC for further assistance.
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