by PRNewswire, Georgia Power
Dozens of plug-in electric Chevy Volts to hit roadways across the state demonstrating flexibility of driving electric
ATLANTA, May 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
As the early summer sun rose on the parking lot of Georgia Power headquarters in Atlanta this morning, hundreds of Georgia Power employees, community and business leaders gathered for a special event around a glistening new fleet of plug-in electric hybrid Chevy Volts. Georgia Power Chairman, President & CEO Paul Bowers was joined by Commissioner Tim Echols of the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) and Michael Beinenson of the EV Club of the South to mark the addition of 32 new electric vehicles (EVs) to the company's fleet.
"We are leading by example and demonstrating to our customers, and other Georgia businesses, that electric transportation works for all drivers," said Bowers at the event. "Through constructive regulation, and partnerships with organizations like the EV Club of the South, we are growing the EV market in Georgia and helping our customers reap the overwhelming benefits of driving electric."
Bowers also noted Commissioner Echols' leadership in increasing awareness of EVs in Georgia, including support and involvement in the annual Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow each June.
The new, Georgia Power-branded Chevy Volts will be highly visible in local communities from Savannah to Columbus to Rome and will be driven daily by Georgia Power employees as they serve customers. The EVs will be used primarily by the company's energy efficiency experts as they travel to conduct energy audits at homes and businesses, a service provided to help Georgia Power customers save money and energy.
In 2014, Georgia Power launched a new electric transportation initiative to advance Georgia as an exceptionally EV-friendly state through its Get Current. Drive Electric.™ program. The program currently includes an ongoing public education campaign, EV charger rebates for business and residential customers and special rates and charging options for EV customers.
Georgia Power is dedicated to developing products and services which meet the needs of customers, including an increasing interest in EVs and electric transportation options. For additional information about driving electric with Georgia Power, including available rebate programs and resources such as an interactive savings calculator, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com/EV.
About Georgia Power
Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), one of the nation's largest generators of electricity. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship form the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.4 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, 21st century coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Consistently recognized as a leader in customer service, Georgia Power was recently ranked highest in overall business customer satisfaction among large utilities in the South by J.D. Power and Associates. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower) and Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower).
Southern to Test and Evaluate 1 MW Battery Project in Georgia
The Cedartown research demonstration was created by Southern in collaboration with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in order to develop a large, utility-scale lithium-ion battery system and evaluate how battery storage systems can create value for customers.
The Cedartown battery demonstration is located on the site of a 1 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) facility owned and operated by WGL Energy. The solar PV facility is part of Southern subsidiary Georgia Power’s Advanced Solar Initiative (ASI).
Georgia Power’s innovative ASI programs have allowed the company to add hundreds of megawatts of cost-effective solar generation in Georgia without putting upward pressure on customer rates. Batteries are provided by LG Chem, one of the world’s largest lithium-ion battery manufacturers.
Southern dedicated its commitment to research and development of the new technology at a ceremony that included industry leaders and local dignitaries.
“As a national leader in innovation, Southern Company recognizes the value for customers of inventing the future of energy,” Southern Company Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kimberly S. Greene said. “With the new Cedartown battery demonstration, we are taking an important step forward in the research, development and deployment of energy storage technologies that create better ways to deliver clean, safe, reliable and affordable power to the families we serve.”
Join AgoraPower and GoLocalSolar for this years Solar Decathlon 2015 in October sponsored by the Department of Energy in Irvine CA. This is a net-zero solar home collegiate team competition put on every two years by the DOE for the seventh time. This year features 16 collegiate teams from the US and other countries formed into a Solar Village at the event. (view walk throughs and resource videos of all teams) The Texas Team has added a near net zero water system for the solar home for the first time, while the NY Buffalo team has built an urban farming type home for year round editable food in the middle of our biggest city. (a must see on our visitation list, see link above for a visual) The visitation team invites anyone who is interested in going to contact us for details and get on the list of those going to
the decathlon next week. This can be local students, city officials/engineers, local business owners, architects with a biophilic
design emphasis, city/community planners for sustainability, interested green leaders/citizens from the local neighborhoods, and anyone from the surrounding communities with these interests. If you would like to financially support the effort. we are raising money to help students go from our local community colleges and universities this year. (any donated amount will help us reach out to more people)