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June 24, 2024 3:58 pm

Water-hogging data centers flagged in latest ‘Dirty Dozen’ environmental watchdog report

In its annual report released on Thursday, the Georgia Water Coalition spotlighted the detrimental effects of record economic growth on the state’s waterways, particularly in the coastal region, where a surge in state-of-the-art data centers poses a significant threat to Georgia’s rivers. The report urges urgent action from public officials and residents to advocate for policies that safeguard natural resources crucial for clean drinking water and outdoor recreation, emphasizing the need for coordinated water planning to address mounting environmental pressures.

Early education researchers give Georgia high marks for lottery-funded pre-K programs

Georgia’s pre-K program ranks ninth in the U.S. for enrollment rates but trails in state spending, reflecting a mixed record on early childhood education priorities. A pending increase in funding could enhance the state’s program, positioning it to meet all recommended quality benchmarks, according to the latest findings by the National Institute for Early Education Research.

Tuition and fees to increase at Georgia’s public universities starting fall 2024

Students attending Georgia public colleges will face a tuition increase starting fall 2024, with in-state students paying 2.5% more and out-of-state students seeing a 5% hike, alongside the introduction of a higher tuition rate for international students. These changes, approved by the Board of Regents, reflect efforts to manage rising operational costs across the University System of Georgia amidst ongoing economic inflation.

State utility regulators approve Georgia Power plan to use fossil fuels to power data centers

In a decisive 4-1 vote, the Georgia Public Service Commission approved Georgia Power’s controversial plans to expand energy generation through a mix of fossil fuels and renewable sources, amid criticisms for not prioritizing cleaner energy options. The plan involves constructing natural gas and oil generators and solar battery facilities to cater to rising industrial demands, despite warnings about the long-term environmental and economic impacts of relying on volatile fossil fuel prices.

Critics pan Georgia Power fossil fuel plans ahead of state PSC hearing

During a hearing, a Georgia Power representative urged the Public Service Commission to support a stipulated agreement that offers financial protection for ratepayers, despite criticisms that the company’s plans are unrealistic and could increase its carbon footprint. Critics argue that replacing the expanded use of fossil fuels with more renewable energy in the plan could prevent significant environmental impacts.