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Meeting to discuss future of renewable energy in Savannah

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Energy officials from around the state are meeting in Downtown Savannah to discuss the future of renewable energy in our area.

Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols is hosting this energy panel with leaders from around the state to discuss different energy options for the Savannah area.

He's hosted several panels like this in Atlanta before, but this is the first time he's brought one to Savannah. They're discussing plans for solar and nuclear energy and how natural gas could play a role in the next several years here.

We're also going to get an update on the Solarize Tybee project that pushed for additional solar panels on Tybee Island. They're also discussing the possibility of another solar panel project to expand their use in Savannah.

Echols told WTOC the goal Thursday is to encourage communication across these different sectors and to educate the community.

"We want consumers to know where we're going with energy in Georgia. We want them to be confident that the leaders in Atlanta, at the Capitol, are doing what we need to do to keep our rates low. We're already 17 percent below the national average, and we want to keep it there,” said Echols.

We will have more from this meeting, and complete wrap-up coverage on THE News at 11. 

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