The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) has granted unanimous approval for utility Georgia Power to purchase power from two wind farms in Oklahoma.
Starting in 2016, the utility will buy a total 250 MW of wind energy from EDP Renewables North America's Blue Canyon Phase II and VI wind farms. The contracts were initially announced in April 2013 but required PSC approval.
According to Georgia Power, these wind purchases are cheaper than other forms of electric generation already on the grid and will put downward pressure on rates. Utility spokesperson John Kraft says, "It is significant anytime we can diversify our generation resources by adding cost-effective renewables. This is an exciting time to add wind generation to our portfolio."
The Sierra Club, an environmental organization, has also welcomed the PSC approval.
"Sierra Club members overwhelmingly supported these wind power contracts to bring clean, cheap wind to power our homes and businesses here in Georgia, and our Public Service Commissioners did the right thing by voting to approve them," says the Sierra Club's Seth Gunning. "This leadership from the PSC will bring real benefits to Georgia families and proves again how clean energy is powering Georgia and America."