Georgia is Vulnerable to Climate Change:

  • The National Climate Assessment found that rising sea levels, increasing temperatures and changing rainfall patterns are exacerbatingSoutheastern United States vulnerability to extreme heat events, intensified storms and hurricanes, and decreased water availability.
  • Over the past 30 years, Georgia has experienced an average of 11 days per year of temperatures above 95°F. By 2020-2039, that number is likely to reach up to 33 such days and by mid-century residents of Georgia could experience 58 more days (over two additional months) of extreme heat, according to one report.

Georgia's Energy Efforts and Opinions:

  • As part of the Clean Power Plan, Georgia is working towards and on track to exceed its goal of reducing state emissions by 34.3% by 2030.
  • Georgia has not developed a statewide climate adaptation plan nor has it set a statewide renewable energy target. In the year 2013, Georgia was only sourcing 6.2% of its electricity from renewables.
  • As of 2014, Georgia had a total installed capacity of solar of 211 MW, ranking it 15th in the nation, and added 45 MW in the course of one year, the 16th fastest rate of addition in the country.
  • Georgia has enacted state laws that bar its residents from entering into power purchase agreements, a common financing mechanism that has been crucial to the growth of the solar industry in other states.
  • Despite the state barriers to increasing the penetration of renewable energy in Georgia, a side-branch of the Tea Party in Georgia called the Green Tea Coalition has been fighting for pro-solar rules. It recently secured the utilities’ assent to allow third-party installations of solar panels on businesses and homes.
  • The Yale Map Project on Climate Change Communication gauged Georgia’s support for regulating CO2 and funding renewable energy. The Project finds that fully 74% would support regulating CO2 as a pollutant, and an estimated 60% would support setting strict CO2 limits on existing coal-fired power plants. A robust 75% would support funding more research into renewable energy.
  • Georgia is a party to the lawsuit against the Clean Power Plan. The state had convened several meetings to discuss how to reduce its emissions and was beginning to develop a plan to meet the CPP goals; following the Supreme Court stay it has suspended the planning process.