With the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative (GPASI), the company continues to obtain an increasing amount of solar resources as declining technology prices have made them more cost competitive. GPASI builds on the solar resources already added to the portfolio by the company through the Large Scale Solar program and the Green Energy program.
After all resources are added through the GPASI, the company expects to have 270 MW of solar capacity under contract in Georgia. That will be the largest solar portfolio for any investor-owned utility that operates in a state without a renewable portfolio standard. The company also continues to engage in research and development efforts to gain more insight into the potential for further utilization of solar resources in the state of Georgia.
The company's current DSM portfolio consists of demand response programs, energy efficiency programs, pricing tariffs and other activities. The company projects that by 2016, these programs will reduce peak demand by approximately 2,000 MW. In addition, the company plans to expand the DSM portfolio in 2013 by certifying a Small Commercial program and enhancing existing programs.
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