Will Plant Vogtle Nuke Georgia Power Bills? Act Now!

SACE’s Sara Barczak contributed content to this blog.

This has been an intense week for the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion project so here’s a quick blog to get you updated. SACE has been on the ground at the public hearings all week where we learned that Georgia’s Public Service Commissioners have expedited their timeline to make a decision on Georgia Power’s request to double the estimated costs for Plant Vogtle to December 21, not February 2018, like originally scheduled! Georgia Power is asking to push those costs onto YOU, instead of its shareholders. With less time to flood the inboxes of the Commissioners, we really need your help!

Please take a moment to voice your concerns by Dec 20th with the five elected Commissioners before their vote on the 21st. We encourage you to personalize your letters, which only takes a few minutes!


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Recent news headlines say it all:

Bottom Line: The economics of the Vogtle project, in part made worse by reactor designer and builder Westinghouse’s bankruptcy earlier this year, no longer work for customers despite Georgia Power’s announcement that they secured the full $3.7 billion Toshiba Parent Guarantee. The five elected Public Service Commissioners are now considering the project’s fate, which has doubled in costs since its original proposal to ~$25 billion, and is at least five years delayed as both reactors were scheduled for operation in 2016 and 2017.

The financial impacts for this failed project, thus far, have fallen harder on residential and small commercial customers as compared to large industrial customers. In a recent blog post, SACE demonstrated the disproportionate burdens were partially the result of pay-in-advance payments.

If the project continues, customers’ wallets aren’t the only things that would be drained. The serious environmental degradation Plant Vogtle’s expansion would cause prompted the Georgia Water Coalition to once again select the water-guzzling culprit for their annual “Dirty Dozen” report. The Coalition, of which SACE is an active partner, also called upon the PSC to cancel the project and pursue low-carbon, less water-intensive, affordable energy choices such as solar, wind and energy efficiency and conservation.

Though a Commission decision was not expected on this very important matter until February 2018, Chairman Wise, who announced that he will not serve out his term and will resign shortly after the Vogtle vote, abruptly pushed for an expedited decision to be made on December 21.

If you’re a Georgia Power customer or have friends and family who are, please take action TODAY!

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Comment by Elizabeth Delk on December 14, 2017 2:08 pm

The utility, Ga. Power in the 70’s said, ” We can build four reactor units for $660 million.” They practically defaulted in the 80’s. They canceled 2 units and the two that finally were finished cost $ 4.5 Billion.
For the present two pink elephants, the utility said,” We can get these two right this time. The parts for the plants will be mass produced in a factory, shipped to the site, and put together with few problems.”
So much for that concept. Atomic energy can be made to look very good on paper.
There was another nuke project that was way over budget. It was 97% completed, up in Washington state. It was canceled too.
The PSC needs to realize that companies that want to relocate will not consider Ga. Not with exorbitant electric rates if the Vogtle project is not canceled. While on the topic of customers paying the higher rates. Should companies leave Ga. and relocate to another state for cheaper electric rates, like Iowa, where 40% of their electricity is wind generated, this will leave fewer rate payers in Ga. Which will mean still more rate increases to the companies who stay in Ga.
Not a pretty picture.
I no longer live in the Peach state. I remember when the first two pink elephants were worked on. The propaganda for “How we need atomic energy” was intense.
So Best case, cancel, lick our wounds, the sun will do lots for us and don’t look back.

Comment by Peter Sipp on December 15, 2017 9:36 pm

In my first comment above, I said the two finished units cost $4.5 Billion. I did not say each. So, each unit cost $4.5 Billion. A grand total of $9 Billion. Quite a difference from the $660 Million for four units.

Comment by Peter Sipp on December 17, 2017 1:33 pm

It’s time for the Ga. PSC to shut down Plant Vogle for so many reasons.
The cost to the taxpayers is enough of a reason and in fact, I’d like to see Ga Power and the Southern Company, pay back most of the cost over runs to the taxpayers.

Also, there are proven safer, cheaper, and more efficient forms of energy. Accidents do happen and despite promises that this newer technology is safer, human error and accidents do happen. I don’t want to take that risk.

We still don’t know what to do with the nuclear waste that we have and why add another potential target to any kind of terrorist?

Comment by Ken Fogel on December 18, 2017 3:09 pm

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