Georgia Power has submitted a proposal to the Georgia Public Service Commission. If all of Georgia Power’s proposals are agreed to by the state regulatory commission, Plant Hammond in Floyd County could close and that could be as early as August of this year.
Georgia Power has had plans to shutter Plant Hammond in the works for several years. The 2016 Integrated Resource Plan limited capital investment at the plant to no more than $5 million each year. If the public service commission signs off on Georgia Powers current proposals, the plant could be shut down intermediately when the documents are signed.
Georgia Power is planning for a demonstration of solar power on the closed coal ash ponds at Plant Hammond and is moving forward with those plans. Preliminary plans for the development of up to 10 megawatts of solar demonstration projects are currently under review by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division as part of the coal ash pond closure permits.