The state at 3:30 a.m.
DUBLIN, Ga. — The two workers hammering steel posts into the ground this week were building a solar array at a Georgia school — and pounding away at the business model of a massive monopoly. Southern Co. subsidiary Georgia Power has for years enjoyed a privileged place in the market. The government gives Georgia Power the nearly exclusive right to sell electricity to almost all the customers in its state-defined territory. People can buy solar panels, but the law prevents solar companies from directly selling electricity to Georgia Power customers. The law could even prevent solar companies from leasing panels to customers if the payments reflect a charge for using energy. By Ray Henry.
GAINESVILLE, Ga. — An effort to put solar-powered lights on navigation markers and buoys on Lake Lanier is moving forward with agreement from the previously resistant U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Gainesville-based Lake Lanier Association was able to sway the corps after much discussion. "This is going to be their baby," said Tim Rainey, the corps' operations project manager at Lake Lanier. By Jeff Gill. The Gainesville Times. An AP Member Exchange.
ATLANTA — Leaders of Georgia's Republican Party voted Saturday to press state officials to withdraw from a national program that creates a basic set of educational standards. Party leaders voted unanimously to ask the state to withdraw from Common Core — an initiative aimed at creating basic reading, math and language arts requirements. The initiative has been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia. Georgia Republicans want to withdraw from the program because they believe state officials should maintain control over Georgia's educational standards, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/10JS2hV) reported.
WOMEN'S INDOOR FOOTBALL
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Women's Indoor Football League is planning to host a tryout in Birmingham next week to fill rosters for its teams there, in Montgomery and Atlanta. Ray Blanchette, CEO of Blanchette Sports Holdings, told the Montgomery Advertiser (http://on.mgmadv.com/11xzlN9) the Women's Indoor Football League is meant to give women the opportunity to play at a professional level as an alternative to the Legends League — formerly known as the Lingerie Football League.