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Statement: Cost overruns at Georgia nuclear reactors offer cautionary tale

ATLANTA – The only nuclear reactors under construction in the United States are now projected to cost more than $30 billion -- and the price tag for Plant Vogtle near Augusta, Georgia, doesn’t even include $3.68 billion that the project’s original contractor paid to the owners after going bankrupt.

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Solar Power for All

As we begin a new phase of leadership at the City of Atlanta, the opportunity to address two compounding issues affecting Atlanta’s most vulnerable residents—the climate and housing crises—should not be passed up. Atlanta’s priorities and policies must maximize the clean energy output of our affordable housing investments.

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Solar Power for All

As we begin a new phase of leadership at the City of Atlanta, the opportunity to address two compounding issues affecting Atlanta’s most vulnerable residents—the climate and housing crises—should not be passed up. Atlanta’s priorities and policies must maximize the clean energy output of our affordable housing investments.

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Atlanta’s new mayor should deploy solar to address climate and housing crisis

ATLANTA–Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center is calling on new Atlanta mayor Andre Dickens to ramp up the amount of solar installed on affordable housing developments across the city. As part of the call, the group released a fact sheet that includes case studies on how installing solar on affordable housing would reduce pollution, help Atlanta meet its climate goals and offer tens of thousands of dollars in savings over the lifetime of the system.

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Solar on Superstores

The rooftops of America’s big box stores and shopping centers have the potential to generate 84.4 terawatt-hours (TWh) of solar electricity each year, equivalent to the amount of electricity used by almost 8 million average U.S. homes, or more than 30,400 typical Walmart stores.

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New Report: Georgia’s big box store roofs can generate enough solar energy to power 309,300 homes

ATLANTA – Big box retail stores can help Georgia increase its clean energy production, according to a new report from Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group. Solar on Superstores: Big Roofs, Big Potential for Renewable Energy calculates that the 3,691 big box buildings in the state can offset 2,421,600 metric tons of global warming pollution by just putting solar panels on their roofs. That’s the equivalent of taking 526,649 cars off the road. The energy produced by these solar roofs is also enough to power 309,300 average homes and could meet 2.5% of the state’s total electricity demand.

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New report: Georgia among national leaders in solar power growth and electric vehicle adoption

Atlanta, GA - Georgia ranks #7 in the nation for growth in solar power generation since 2011, cumulative electric vehicle sales through 2020, and public electric vehicle charging ports, according to a new report released today by Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center. Renewables on the Rise 2021: The rapid growth of renewables, electric vehicles and other building blocks of a clean energy future documents the growth of six key clean energy technologies across the U.S. over the past decade: solar power, wind power, battery storage, energy efficiency, electric vehicles and heat pumps. 

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Renewables on the Rise

In 2020, America produced almost four times as much renewable electricity from the sun and the wind as in 2011, with wind and solar producing 11% of our nation’s electricity in 2020, up from 3% in 2011. Between 2011 and 2020, U.S. wind, solar and geothermal generation grew at an annual rate of 15%. If those forms of renewable generation were to continue to grow by 15% per year, wind, solar and geothermal would produce enough electricity to meet all of our current electricity needs by 2035.

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Poll: Atlanta suburban voters represented by Reps. McBath, Bourdeaux rate climate provisions of infrastructure plan highly

ATLANTA — A new poll released Thursday revealed strong bipartisan support for President Joe Biden’s infrastructure proposal across the political spectrum in Georgia’s 6th and 7th Congressional Districts. The districts, represented by Rep. Lucy McBath and Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux, includes much of the suburbs north of Atlanta. This survey, providing district-specific data on how voters view the American Jobs Plan (AJP), is sponsored by Environment Georgia, Earthjustice and Environment America.

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Statement: Biden expresses transformative vision in ‘Build Back Better’ infrastructure plan

ATLANTA-- President Joe Biden will unveil his “Build Back Better” infrastructure package on Wednesday in Pittsburgh, the same Pennsylvania city where he first announced his presidential campaign in 2019. Based on the fact sheet released by the White House on Wednesday morning, his plan focuses infrastructure investments on key measures to improve public health and the environment, including expanding electric transportation, removing lead from drinking water and strengthening our electric grid.

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