A Distributed Generation Future

Here’s the basic idea: instead of a small number of power plants providing a lot of people and businesses with power, we can instead use a large number of small-scale electricity generators, each providing a small number of local users with power.

Hmmmmmm. Where were we? Ah yes! We were discussing whether my gushing over electric vehicles was excessive, considering that all it would take is a power-outage to leave EVs incapable of recharging. Right, that sounds unpleasant.

Okay, let’s dispense with something first. I agree that, as an EV owner, I’m stuck in that situation. It turns out that electric vehicles do in fact need electricity. I can’t make my Nissan Leaf run on candy and rainbows, despite my best efforts.

But here’s the thing – gasoline vehicles are in the same boat. Think about it. When you need to fill up your gas-powered car, you pull up at a gas station pump that is powered by…wait for it…electricity.

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Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia team members help install pollinator garden at West Point Visitor Information Center

Pollinator Garden is on The Ray

Team members of Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) joined the Georgia Department of Transportation, The Ray, Georgia Conservancy and the Chattahoochee Nature Center to install a 7,000-square foot pollinator garden at the Georgia Visitor Information Center along Interstate 85 in West Point. Team members transplanted more than 2,000 pollinator plants in all.

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Georgia Welcome Center to receive pollinator garden this Saturday

Kia employees volunteer for next phase of The Ray on Interstate 85 in West Point

A group effort of a number of prominent Georgia entities will not only benefit a popular state welcome center, but will also highlight a travel corridor poised to become the world’s most sustainable highway. The Georgia Conservancy, Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG), the Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT), The Ray and the Chattahoochee Nature Center will all use shovels and work gloves on September 17 to install a 7,000-square foot pollinator garden at the Georgia Visitor Information Center (VIC) on Interstate 85 in West Point. The pollinator garden will be the first installed at any Georgia DOT facility.

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Georgia Public Service Commission Approves Innovative Right-of-Way Solar Project along The Ray in Troup County

Ray Anderson’s legacy creates a “living lab” for sustainable infrastructure

The Georgia Public Service Commission (GPSC) approved the installation of one megawatt of solar generation in the right-of-way along Interstate 85 in Troup County, Ga., during a hearing on the Georgia Power Company’s 2016 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The motion was proposed by Commissioner Tim Echols of the GPSC and passed at two separate administrative sessions on July 28th and September 8th. Votes were 4-1 and 3-2 respectively.

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Georgia DOT Receives National Pollinator Roadside Management Award

Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) won the 2016 North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) Pollinator Roadside Management Award, after being nominated by The Ray.

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