Central Georgia EMC announced on Thursday, April 8 the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) issued final permits for the operation of Plant Washington, an 850 Megawatt power facility that will help Central Georgia EMC assure its customers continue to receive a reliable supply of electricity at affordable rates for years to come.
The permit is the culmination of a diligent effort by Power4Georgians, of which Central Georgia EMC is a member, to address suggestions raised by the public in comments to the EPD and to meet the more stringent requirements requested by the agency's leadership in the period between issuance of the draft permit and the final permit.
"We are proud to be part of a group that has achieved one of the very best operating permits in the country," said George L. Weaver, President of Central Georgia EMC. "From initial concept through the permitting process, thoughtful input from our customers with regard to this project was important to us, and we took that input very seriously. Taking those suggestions to heart, and working not only to meet but to exceed Georgia EPD's rigorous air and water quality standards, we were able to review and modify our plans to make Plant Washington an extremely clean and efficient facility.We are truly elated to be part of Power4Georgians and look forward with eager anticipation to flipping on the switch to Plant Washington in a few years."
When construction begins, the plant is expected to take approximately four years to build and will create up to 1,600 professional construction and skilled trade jobs. When complete, Plant Washington is expected to create between 120 and 130 new jobs onsite, as well as an additional 200 to 300 new secondary jobs in supporting businesses and industries. The plant will generate enough electricity to meet the annual needs of 500,000 to 700,000 Georgia homes.
Central Georgia EMC is a not-for-profit consumer-owned electric distribution system serving portions of fourteen counties: Bibb, Butts, Clayton, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Pike, Putnam, and Spalding counties, with approximately 50,000 meters and over 5,268 miles of distribution lines.
Power4Georgians is a consortium of Georgia EMCs that have partnered to develop and implement a comprehensive energy strategy to meet the growing demand for affordable and reliable electricity for the customers they serve. One of the key components of their strategy is the development of a new base-load power plant. Plant Washington is an 850 megawatt, highly efficient, supercritical coal-fired power plant located near Sandersville in Washington County. For more information visit www.power4georgians.com. For more information about the Plant Washington Permits, visit: http://www.georgiaair.org/airpermit/html/permits/psd/dockets/plantwashington/index.htm