Vote looms in Ga. over solar power usage

Vote looms in Ga. over solar power usage

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By RAY HENRY
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - A political group founded by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch wants Georgia's utility regulators to reject a solar energy plan, but an Associated Press review ahead of a vote on the issue finds that it has used misleading figures to build its case.

The Georgia chapter of Americans For Prosperity has said a proposal that would require Georgia Power to buy more solar energy could raise energy bills by 40%.

But the AP review found the number questionable, with many factors affecting cost. In an interview, the state director for Americans for Prosperity backed away from the claim.

Virginia Galloway acknowledged that the pending proposal would probably not raise bills by 40%.

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