Dear Decaturish – Decatur City Commission takes another strong step forward on clean energyImage provided to Decaturish
We accept letters to the editor. Letters to the editor are opinions of the authors of the letter, not Decaturish.com. Everyone has an equal opportunity to submit a letter to the editor. So if you read something here and don’t like it, don’t jump on our case. Write a letter of your own. All letters must be signed and are typically between 500 to 800 words. We reserve the right to edit letters for length and content. We also reserve the right to publish longer letters if we need to. To send your letter to the editor, email it to [email protected]
On March 7th, the city of Decatur Commissioners took a bold step by voting to join the cities of Athens-Clarke, Savannah, and Atlanta, as well as Fulton and Dekalb counties, to intervene in the Georgia Power Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). Sounds boring? But it’s really important stuff.
Every three years, Georgia Power is required to present their IRP to the Public Utilities Commission on how they will generate electricity over the next 20 years, and what they will charge for it.
Why should we care? The choices they make will affect how much clean energy they generate, whether you can economically put solar on your house, if we can afford to weatherize the homes of our economically disadvantaged citizens, and more.
By joining a group of other cities and counties as an official intervenor, Decatur will advocate in three areas: 1) Renewable energy, 2)Energy efficiency, and Access to data. More specifically:
1. Lifting the limit and restrictions on how much we get paid for sending excess solar energy back to the grid, double income-qualified solar pilot subscriptions, expanding electrification of transportation infrastructure and more.
2. Increasing Georgia Power’s RISE program to weatherize low income homes and develop funding for local implementation and control.
3. Getting better access to data, so we can make smarter decisions about our energy.
We all know that how we generate our electricity is important in the amount of pollution we pump into our air, our health, and the safety of our kids. Thanks to the commissioners for being forward-looking. Anyone who wants to help in this effort can contact me at All In for Decatur 100.
– Hobie Stocking
All In for Decatur 100
Want Decaturish delivered to your inbox every day? Sign up for our free newsletter by clicking here.