Power4Georgians reaches settlement with opponents of 850 MW coal-fired power plant

Source: Power4Georgians 

Power4Georgians announced that it has reached a final settlement with petitioners of Plant Washington, an 850 megawatt coal-fired power plant being developed in Sandersville, Ga. The settlement clears the way for obtaining the final permits needed to design, build and operate the power facility. 

“This is very exciting news for the participating EMCs and its members,” said Dean Alford, spokesperson of Power4Georgians. “From day one, we have worked to meet both state and federal regulations. Wealso have worked very hard to address the issues raised by the citizens of Washington County and across the state. We remain dedicated to building one of the cleanest facilities of its kind in the world and providing our EMC members with affordable and reliable electricity.” 

The construction of Plant Washington is critical to the EMCs, as it will help partially replace power contracts that will be expiring over the next few years. Also, the plant will be increasingly important to the state’s overall power supply as hundreds of megawatts of existing capacity that will be taken offline to comply with new EPA emissions rules. 

During the construction phase, the plant is expected to take approximately four years to build. It will create up to 1,600 professional construction and skilled trade jobs and generate more than $250 million in total labor wages and benefits. Once completed, Plant Washington is expected to create between 120 and 130 new full-time jobs onsite paying over $7 million in wages and benefits – plus an additional 200 to 300 new secondary jobs in supporting businesses and industries.

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