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Power sources make growth possible
Mark Bolton
Mark Bolton - photo by Photo by Lauren Hunsberger
Coastal Electric Cooperative Vice President Mark Bolton told Hinesville Rotarians Thursday that in terms of development and growth, electricity is usually taken for granted.
He said often people just assume it’s going to be there.
But, it takes a lot of people, resources and cooperation to power Coastal Georgia and, as he reports Georgia recorded a 17 percent population increase last decade, there’s no doubt his crews work hard behind the scenes.
“We provide electricity for Bryan, Liberty, Long and McIntosh counties,” he said.
Now, Bolton said, one of the coop’s biggest projects is extending a transmission line from Riceboro to Tradeport East.
“This substation will provide for the growth in East Liberty,” he said.
Anticipating objections to the line, he promised it would not disturb the surrounding marsh environment.
“The line will never touch the marsh,” Bolton said. “And no poles will be put in the marsh.”
As he fielded questions about the hot topic of green energy and what this community’s possibilities are, he said most energy is still produced in coal, gas, and nuclear plants.
“There’s not one single answer,” he said in response to the idea of using tides. “There’s a huge amount needed.”
The question of capitalizing on the coast’s wind also came up, but Bolton said the wind is hard to capture because they’d have to sink huge stands in unsteady sand.
“The wind is not for us,” he said.
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