Georgia Power announced recently it is requesting proposals for the beneficial re-use of coal ash stored at active and retired coal-fired power plants across the state. While Georgia Power already recycles more than 75 percent of the dry coal ash it produces from current operations, the company is seeking to identify opportunities for the beneficial reuse of stored coal ash.
“The request for proposals will allow Georgia Power the potential to expand our efforts in the recycling of coal ash, while continuing to permanently and safely close all of our ash ponds around the state,” Mark Berry, vice president of Environmental & Natural Resources for Georgia Power, said in a news release. “Today, most of the coal ash Georgia Power produces is recycled for various beneficial uses, such as Portland cement, concrete and cinder blocks, and we are committed to seeking new beneficial re-use opportunities for the coal ash stored at our active and retired plants across the state.”
Coal ash has been demonstrated to provide significant value to certain products, such as concrete, in which it adds strength and durability. Opportunities for beneficial re-use of stored coal ash could help produce millions of tons of Portland Cement, concrete and other products, which would also reduce the need for raw materials otherwise used in production.
Interested bidders are asked to submit their information and get their pre-qualification questionnaire from Georgia Power’s Beneficial Re-use Request for Proposals coordinator Gary Lee by email at [email protected] no later than Friday. A mandatory informational pre-bid meeting for qualified bidders will be held early this year in Atlanta. This meeting will provide Georgia Power and the bidders an opportunity to discuss the RFP requirements, including an overview of the plant sites, as well as Georgia Power’s expectations for bids.
Georgia Power first announced its plans to permanently close all of its ash ponds in September 2015, with initial plans released in June 2016. Georgia Power’s ash pond closure plans fully comply with the federal Coal Combustion Residual rule, as well as the more stringent requirements of Georgia’s state CCR rule. Georgia was one of the first states in the country to develop its own rule regulating management and storage of CCR such as coal ash. The state rule, which goes further than the federal rule, regulates all ash ponds and landfills in the state and includes a comprehensive permitting program through which the Georgia Environmental Protection Division will approve all actions to ensure ash pond closures are protective of water quality.
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company, America’s premier energy company. The company has 2.6 million customers in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties.
Certain information contained in this release is forward-looking information based on current expectations and plans that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking information includes, among other things, statements concerning the planned closure of coal ash ponds. Georgia Power cautions that there are certain factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking information that has been provided.