Southeastern Energy Society
Covering the Southeast from Atlanta
SEES is an educational professional energy
society that meets six times a year to learn
about regionally-relevant energy topics:
energy production, conservation, and
marketing; legislative & regulatory
developments; new products, technology,
and government programs.
Fall, 2014, SEES Meetings
Meetings are held the third Mondays of March, April, May, September,
October, and November at the offices of Alston & Bird, LLP, 1201 W.
Peachtree Street, 49th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30309.  Meetings are also telecast
nationally.  To RSVP for meetings,  please contact Alston and Bird (404)
881-7761, fax (404) 253-8593, or e-mail
janice.shaw@alston.com with your
name, company and phone number.  The cost is $15 for members with
reservations, $18 without RSVP, and $18 for non-members with reservations
and $20 without RSVP.  The fee includes lunch and applies to those attending
by teleconference as well as those attending in person.
Links to Energy Information
At the September 15, 2014, SEES meeting, Jonathan
Wells, Partner, Alston & Bird, LLC, provided an
update on the
New Carbon Rules.  On July 29th and
30th, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency
held meetings in Georgia to obtain feedback on the
proposed new “carbon rule” from the Obama
administration.  It has predictably led to a chorus of
anti-regulation protests. Environmental advocates
called the proposal an important step in addressing
how pollution contributes to climate change.  
The November 17th SEES meeting will feature Ervan Hancock, who will
discuss "Georgia Power’s Large-Scale Solar Initiative Projects." In July of
2011, the Public Service Commission approved Georgia Power's plan to buy
up to 50 megawatts of solar power by 2015. These projects include: Simon
Solar Farm, LLC, which will build a 30 MW project near Social Circle; and
Solar Design and Development, LLC, which will build solar projects totalling
19 MW on sites in Mitchell, Meriwether and Upson counties.  This
additional capacity, referred to as the Large Scale Solar proposal, will be
added to the company's overall energy mix.  The new Large Scale Solar
offering will allow Georgia Power to procure solar energy from much bigger
solar installations than have ever been developed in Georgia.  In addition to
its LSS contracts, Georgia Power also has under contract 5.4 MW of solar
energy from customers through its subscriber-based Green Energy
program.  
Utility industry leaders said the new rules will cost jobs and raise consumer
costs. The proposed standard will require electricity-generating utilities to cut
their carbon emissions by an average of 30 percent from 2005 levels by
2030, to combat global warming. Here in Georgia, our emissions must be cut
44 percent.
At the October 20th meeting, Chuck Eaton, the
current Chairman of the Georgia Public Service
Commission, will provide an update on the latest
issues facing the Georgia PSC.  Potential areas
include:  EPA Clean Power Rule, the status of
Georgia Power’s new nuclear plant
construction, solar power, deregulation in the
gas industry, Georgia Power's energy efficiency
programs, wind power, clean energy, etc.