Georgia Power extends energy efficiency deal with ICF

US utility Georgia Power renewed its energy efficiency contract with energy consulting firm ICF.

In a combined statement, ICF said it was rewarded a three-year energy efficiency contract to help Georgia Power to implement its energy conservation projects to help consumers reduce their energy usage and costs.

The energy consulting firm will be responsible for drafting new energy efficiency strategies to help Georgia Power improve the reliability of its grid network.

Under the partnership, several energy intensive appliances will be replaced including HVAC, lighting and refrigerator systems. Consumer’s energy efficiency patterns will also be monitored.

[quote] Apart from helping the utility to develop energy efficiency strategies, ICF will also manage Georgia Power’s energy efficiency programmes for residential, commercial and small business consumers.

The renewal of the energy efficiency contract between Georgia Power and ICF was reached in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Commenting on the development, Jeff Smith, energy efficiency manager for Georgia Power, said: “We have met or exceeded our energy efficiency goals for the last six years and look forward to continued success with ICF in delivering energy efficiency offerings to our customers across the state of Georgia.” [PSE&G files proposal to boost energy efficiency].

Grid stability

In late February, Georgia Power signed an energy supply agreement to boost the stability of its grid system.

The utility announced that it signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with integrated clean energy company AES Distributed Energy to meet its power demand.

Under the signed PPA, AES Distributed Energy will provide Georgia Power with energy generated from the company’s 16MW solar plant in Rincon (Georgia) for the next 20 years.

The PPA was signed as part of Georgia Power’s Advanced Solar Initiative (GPASI), to boost the development of utility-scale solar projects to reduce carbon emissions, provide customers with affordable energy and to improve the reliability of the utility’s grid networks.

Woody Rubin, president of AES Distributed Energy, said: “We are pleased to commission a utility-scale solar project that meets the technical standards of Southern Company transmission while providing clean energy to Georgia Power and local economic development for the region.”

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.