Joint Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications and Natural Resources & Environment Committees Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, February 10, 2010
TIME: 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: 341 Capitol (details below)
HB 691 Energy purchase; solar photovoltaic energy; exclude- Karla Drenner, 86th –HEARING ONLY
HR 777 House Study Committee on the National Renewables Energy Portfolio Standards; create - Karla Drenner, 86th- HEARING ONLY
The Capitol is located at 206 Washington St, Atlanta, GA 30334. Room 341 is on the 3rd floor. Telephone:[masked]-2844. Rep. Drenner's office:[masked]
State Rep. Karla Drenner to chair
groundbreaking energy committee
(ATLANTA—February 8, 2010) Georgia State Rep. Karla Drenner (D-Avondale Estates) announced Friday that she will chair a joint House committee that will study the federal Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) and how the State of Georgia can create benchmarks and targets to diversify its energy resources. The joint committee is composed of members of Natural Resources & Environment as well as Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications.
RPS guides government and others toward increased production of energy from renewable sources, such as wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal.
The joint committee will meet for a hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. at the Capitol, room 341.
“I am hopeful that this joint committee will reach the logical conclusion that Georgia must incorporate into its energy policy a diversity of energy sources that are gentle on our planet,” Rep. Drenner said. “This country’s fossil fuel resources are dwindling and should oil exporting countries choose to attempt to take down the American economy, we would see devastating effects. That’s how important these portfolio standards are.”
The joint committee grew out of Drenner’s ideas for House Resolution 777, which drew attention to the need for a RPS at the state level. The group will also examine House Bill 691, which centers on purchases of solar voltaic energy.
“Georgia already has the unique resources to benefit greatly from the RPS,” Drenner added.
For instance, the Forbes.com article, “America’s Best Places for Alternative Energy,” ranks Georgia third in the nation for potential biomass energy as measured by the amount of biomass available in the state.