Georgia Power reaches a tentative agreement to build three new gas turbines and expand battery storage footprint

Georgia Power Co.'s Plant Bowen generates electricity, Dec. 14, 2020, in Euharlee, Ga. The utility announced a deal on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, with Georgia Public Service Commission staff that could allow the company to contract for or build additional generation capacity. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)

Georgia Power and state regulators reached a tentative agreement last week to expand Georgia Power’s fossil fuel infrastructure and increase the company’s battery storage footprint.

Under the agreement, Georgia’s largest utility company, would buy more electricity, build three new natural gas turbines at Plant Yates and add batteries to existing solar energy at Moody and Robins Air Force Bases.

The Georgia Public Service PSC) is scheduled to vote on April 16.

On Tuesday’s edition of “Closer Look,” WABE climate reporter Emily Jones discusses her recent article that dives into the agreement and explains why some consumer and environmental advocates and customers have concerns.

Jones also discusses why PSC elections won’t be held this year and a lawsuit challenging the system the state uses to elect commissioners.