March 20, 2023

Oglethorpe Power Hosts Polk County Students for Energy Education Event

Cedartown, GA (March 20, 2023) – Today Oglethorpe Power hosted students from the Youth Leadership Polk Program for an interactive energy education event at the Sewell Creek Energy Facility. Oglethorpe Power sponsors Youth Leadership Polk, a Polk County Chamber of Commerce program designed to encourage students to participate as leaders in their schools and to continue to promote and enhance the quality of life for themselves and their communities.

Oglethorpe Power is a wholesale electric power cooperative that is owned by and serves 38 consumer-owned, not-for-profit distribution cooperatives across Georgia, including Carroll EMC, which provides electric service in Polk County and other area counties.

During the event, the sophomore students from Rockmart and Cedartown High Schools learned about electricity generation and toured the Sewell Creek Energy Facility, a natural gas-fired power plant operated by Oglethorpe Power. Following the plant tour, students learned about renewable energy and engaged in an interactive solar energy demonstration presented by Green Power EMC, a renewable energy cooperative owned by the same 38 distribution cooperatives that own Oglethorpe Power.

As an active corporate citizen in many counties across the state, Oglethorpe Power is dedicated to building strong community relationships and investing time, talent and resources to help enrich the lives of Georgia residents, with an emphasis on supporting low-income youth and enabling development through leadership and education programs. “Although power generation is our business, Oglethorpe Power’s focus extends beyond generating reliable, cost-effective electricity,” said Keith Parks, Operations and Maintenance Supervisor of the Sewell Creek Energy Facility. “We believe in being a good neighbor and a community partner, and we are proud to support the Youth Leadership Polk Program and provide educational opportunities for the next generation of Polk County leaders.”

About Oglethorpe Power

Oglethorpe Power is one of the nation’s largest power supply cooperatives with more than $16 billion in assets serving 38 Electric Membership Corporations which, collectively, provide electricity to approximately 4.4 million Georgia residents. A proponent of conscientious energy development and use, Oglethorpe Power balances reliable and affordable energy with environmental responsibility and has an outstanding record of regulatory compliance. Its diverse energy portfolio includes natural gas, nuclear, hydroelectric and coal generating plants with a combined capacity of more than 7,800 megawatts. Oglethorpe Power was established in 1974 and is owned by its 38 Member Systems. Its headquarters are in Tucker, Georgia, an Atlanta suburb. For more information, visit www.opc.com.


Contact: Blair Romero
Phone Number: 770-270-7290
Email: blair.romero@opc.com ­­­­