LaGrange Sierra Club to host town hall meeting

Clean energy, Ga. Power plan discussion on tap

Contributed report

LaGRANGE — The LaGrange Sierra Club is set to host a town hall meeting Monday aimed at discussing needs for the state to include more clean energy options in Georgia Power’s 20-year plan.

Georgia Power’s 20 year energy plan is currently up for approval by the state Public Service Commission. Currently, the utilities proposed plan includes investing 7,000 recently acquired acres in Stewart County, south of Columbus, for a future nuclear plant and possible toxic waste disposal site, said Sierra Club in a statement. Such a project would consume millions of gallons of water daily from the Chattahoochee River, recently named one of the top 10 most threatened rivers in the nation.

Meanwhile, the falling price of solar energy has driven some of the largest solar developments east of the Mississippi River to middle Georgia, bringing hundreds of jobs and new tax revenue to the region, states Sierra Club. Despite the economic and environmental benefits of renewal energy like solar and wind for Georgians, Georgia Power has proposed to scale back the growth of renewable energy in its current plan.

Speakers will include community members, local elected officials, Jason Ulseth with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and Ian Karra with Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign.

The meeting is 6:30-8 p.m. in the Dickson Assembly Room on the LaGrange College campus, 601 Broad St. Parking is available across the street from the college.

Anyone with questions about the meeting should contact Melissa Williams, melissa.williams@sierraclub.org or 828-545-0443; Erin Glynn, eglynn1@gmail.com or 770-598-6814; and Ian Karra, ian.karra@sierraclub.org or 678-938-9619.

From a press release submitted by LaGrange Sierra Club. Submit your organization’s press release to editor Matthew Strother at mstrother@civitasmedia.com.