New Release Shows Risk in Plant Washington

Guest Blog | December 1, 2008 | Press Releases

Atlanta, Ga. (December 1, 2008) – Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and GreenLaw will host a tele-press conference to announce the release of a new report, “The Risks of Participating in Plant Washington,” that raises serious questions about the financial risks of building a new coal-fired electric power plant in the current economic environment.
This in-depth report suggests that clean energy technologies pose fewer risks and offer greater flexibility to residential, commercial and industrial ratepayers seeking reliable, affordable, and environmentally sustainable energy options for their homes and businesses. Georgia decision makers are considering two coal-fired power plant proposals—Plant Washington, proposed by Power4Georgians, a consortium of electric membership corporations (EMCs) led by Cobb EMC, and Plant Longleaf, proposed by Dynegy, a Houston energy conglomerate, and currently on appeal at the Court of Appeals. Neither proposal is included in the recommendations of the Governor’s State Energy Strategy, which focuses on energy efficiency and power production from new, renewable sources.
The study’s lead author, David Schlissel, a Senior Consultant with Synapse Energy Economics, will discuss the key findings of the report. Steve Smith, president of Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, a leader in developing clean energy options, will be available to answer questions as will others in this work. WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, 11 a.m. EST WHERE: Via conference call, please call in to 712 432-1690, pass code: 119057# WHO: Presenters include:

  • David Schlissel, Senior Consultant, Synapse Energy Economics (Study Author) which specializes in energy, economic and environmental research for state and federal government agencies, regulatory commissions and publicly owned utilities
  • Stephen Smith, Executive Director, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
  • Justine Thompson, Executive Director, GreenLaw
  • Laurie Poppell, Citizen Activist, Cobb Alliance for Smart Energy

RSVP: Christina C. Honkonen, SACE, Media Liaison, 865.228.1567, 865.637.6055 ext. 10 # # # Southern Alliance for Clean Energy is a nonprofit organization thatpromotes responsible energy choices that create global warmingsolutions and ensure clean, safe, and healthy communities throughoutthe Southeast.