Georgia Power to buy wood-based electricity

Georgia Power and Yellow Pine Energy Co. LLC recently signed a 20-year contract for electricity generated from timber-harvesting residuals, noncommercial tree species, tree thinnings, lumber scraps and wood waste reclaimed from landfills. The biomass-fired Yellow Pine facility, which will be located near Fort Gaines, Ga., is expected to become operational in 2010 and produce 110 megawatts of electricity. Georgia Power is contracted to purchase approximately half of this capacity-enough to power 12,500 homes.