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Georgia Power set to release energy plan

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ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Power is looking at ways to reduce its reliance on coal for producing electricity.

The utility is set to release a 20-year energy plan on Thursday. That report is expected to lay out a blueprint for power production for a generation.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that 70% of Georgia Power's fuel came from coal five years ago, but that number is now down to 47%.

The change comes as Georgia Power's parent, the Southern Co., and other utilities are being pushed by environmental rules to rely less on coal.

Georgia Power has won approval to buy electricity produced by natural gas from its sister company Southern Power. That could be a sign of its future plans.

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