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Snapshot: Where Does Your Electricity Come From?

Take a look at the different sources Walton EMC used to supply your electricity this June. These sources and their amounts change monthly depending on factors like price, weather and generating plant outages.

It may surprise you to know that natural gas has taken the place of coal generation for base load power in Georgia.

Changes in technology have brought about abundant and economical supplies of natural gas. Changes in greenhouse gas regulations are making many coal plants too expensive to operate or retrofit.

Landfill gas power plantType of Plant: Intermediate
Supply: Abundant
Input Fuel Cost: Low
Reliability: Moderate
Construction/Renovation Cost: High
Greenhouse Gases: Low
Cost of Produced Energy: Moderate
Renewable? Yes
Outlook: Steady
Example: Taylor County Landfill Gas Facility east of Columbus

Field of solar panelsType of Plant: Intermediate
Supply: Abundant
Input Fuel Cost: None
Reliability: High
Construction/Renovation Cost: High
Greenhouse Gases: None
Cost of Produced Energy: High but decreasing
Renewable? Yes
Outlook: Use increasing
Example: Walton EMC's Cooperative Solar Program

Aerial photo of Buford DamType of Plant: Base, Peaking
Supply: Limited
Input Fuel Cost: None
Reliability: Moderate
Construction/Renovation Cost: High
Greenhouse Gases: None
Cost of Produced Energy: Low
Renewable? Yes
Outlook: Steady
Example: Buford Dam on Lake Lanier

Plant Scherer near MaconType of Plant: Base
Supply: Abundant
Input Fuel Cost: Low
Reliability: High
Construction/Renovation Cost: High
Greenhouse Gases: Significant
Cost of Produced Energy: Low
Renewable? No
Outlook: Use decreasing
Example: Plant Scherer near Macon

Units 3 and 4 of Plant Vogtle under constructionType of Plant: Base
Supply: Abundant
Input Fuel Cost: Low
Reliability:High
Construction/Renovation Cost: High
Greenhouse Gases: None
Cost of Produced Energy: Low
Renewable? No
Outlook: Use increasing
Example: Plant Vogtle near Augusta

Plant Doyle near MonroeType of Plant: Base, Peaking
Supply: Abundant
Input Fuel Cost: Low
Reliability: High
Construction/Renovation Cost: Low
Greenhouse Gases: Low
Cost of Produced Energy: Low
Renewable? No
Outlook: Use increasing
Example: Plant Doyle near Monroe

 

Fast Facts

  • New systems at Plant Scherer, a coal-burning plant near Macon, remove 80 percent of mercury and 99 percent of the particles from the plant’s emissions.
  • The new Scherer systems also reduce sulfur dioxide emissions by 95 percent and nitrogen oxide emissions by 85 percent.
  • When Units 3 and 4 at Vogtle Nuclear Plant near Augusta are complete, Vogtle will be the largest nuclear generating station in the U.S.
  • Nuclear energy is the only power source that consistently produces electricity 24/7 without creating greenhouse gas emissions.
  • According to the Energy Information Administration, natural gas-fired electricity generation is expected to account for 80 percent of all new electricity generation by 2035.
  • Walton EMC’s Cooperative Solar program, the first of its kind, is serving as a model for co-ops all over the nation interested in adding solar electricity generation to their portfolios.