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Georgia Power Gets OK For 1.4 GW of Gas // Year-to-Date EU Gas Loses Disappear

Welcome to Grid Brief! Here’s what we’re looking at today: Georgia Power adds new fossil generators to meet rising demand, EU natural gas prices leap, and more.

Georgia Power Gets OK For 1.4 GW of Gas

American power demand is growing, so how will it be satisfied? Georgia Power answers, “Natural gas and oil.” The Georgia Public Service Commission agrees. On Tuesday, the regulator approved the Southern Company subsidiary’s updated integrated resource plan, which included 1.4 GW of new fossil generation.

“The approved Integrated Resource Plan authorizes Georgia Power to build three new methane gas and oil-burning units at Plant Yates and purchase 750 MW of power from a Mississippi Power coal-fired plant through a PPA,” reports Utility Dive.

GP isn’t only investing in new fossil fuel generators, though. It is also adding battery storage, renewables, and a pilot program for residential solar coupled with batteries.

“Based on the company’s energy expansion plan in the 2023 IRP Update, the company anticipates adding a total of approximately 10,000 MW of new renewable resources by 2035, which is nearly double the 6,000 MW projected in the 2022 IRP,” the utility said in a press release from when it updated its IRP last year.

But the PSC denied 200 MW of the new solar that GP wanted to add.

Year-to-Date EU Gas Loses Disappear

Fear of an escalating conflict between Iran and Israel shot European gas prices up, vaporizing a year’s worth of losses since last April.

“Benchmark futures closed up 6.4% on Tuesday, in a fourth straight daily advance,” reports Bloomberg. “While contracts at one point lost about 30% of their value since the start of the year — with an exceptionally mild winter weighing on gas demand — they’re now up slightly in 2024.”

According to Bloomberg, Europe doesn’t source very much of its fuel from the Middle East; but now that seaborne LNG sold on a global market has replaced so much of the continent’s gas supplies, geopolitical tensions make for more volatile prices.

And it’s not just Middle Eastern tension that’s sending prices up. Norway’s flows have dampened after a surprise pause for maintenance at some of its facilities.

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