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Drought hurts hydro-electric power, too

July 21, 2006

Albany-  The water level continues to drop on the Flint River and it's dropping the amount of energy generated by the Flint River hydro-electric Plant.  There's hardly any water coming through the Flint River Dam.

Water is being held in the reservoir to maintain it's levels, sending even less water down the Flint. It's had an affect on the power the plant normally generates.

"On the average, we're down three quarters on normal generation," said Don Bowen, Compliance Team Leader for Georgia Power. 

Overall that means Georgia Power's capacity to produce hydro-power, which is free, is reduced and the capacity has to be made up elsewhere. It's forced Georgia Power to use more oil fired units to create energy which costs more to produce.

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