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Review of possible to changes to Plant Mitchell has started

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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

August 2, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Georgia Public Service Commission says they've started reviewing Georgia Power's request to expand two new nuclear power generation units at Plant Vogtle in Southeast Georgia.

The PSC expects to make its decision by March, after a series of hearings this fall and winter. Part of these changes will include converting an older coal-fueled power plant in Dougherty county to burn renewable biomass wood.

If approved, Plant Mitchell would be one of the largest wood biomass plants in the country. With the cost of gas and coal continuing to increase, Georgia power is looking for cheaper ways to provide energy.

Plus, burning wood will produce lower emissions than coal. Company officials expect the plant will bring up to 75 jobs to the area.

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