Georgia’s Nuclear Financial Crisis Worsens – Additional Billions in Cost Overruns at Plant Vogtle

Southern Company’s second quarter earnings news yesterday about Plant Vogtle’s nuclear expansion having yet another multi-billion dollar cost increase is not surprising given the continued problems occurring at the nuclear construction site that is just approaching halfway complete despite being more than 9 years into construction. But it is infuriating.

Safety Third: TVA’s Proposed Clinch River Small Modular Reactors (SMRs)

Please note: comments to the NRC are due July 13, 2018 – you can take action here. Honestly, my knowledge surrounding nuclear power was somewhat limited. In my Master’s program, I gained knowledge about policy issues surrounding nuclear waste storage at Yucca Mountain, a proposed federal repository; I watched, horrified, at news reports about the […]

Attend Meeting on Operating FPL’s Polluting Turkey Point Facility for 80 Years

  Are you concerned about decades more pollution from FPL’s Turkey Point nuclear plant threatening Biscayne Bay and your drinking water? FPL wants to operate Turkey Point for another 20 years beyond the current license expiration of 2033. FPL is the first utility in the country to submit a Subsequent License Renewal Application (SLRA) with the […]

Attend Hearing on TVA’s Proposed Small Modular Reactors

TVA is pursuing an undeveloped, expensive, risky technology known as Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) at their previously abandoned Clinch River Site, near Kingston, TN. See fly-in video here showing the location. In 2016, TVA submitted an early site permit application with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for possibly 800-megawatts of new nuclear power generation. The NRC has now issued the draft environmental impact statement (EIS).

Last Chance to Protect Biscayne Bay, Region’s Drinking Water from Turkey Point Pollution

FPL’s polluting Turkey Point facility has been all over the news again because next Tuesday morning, April 10, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners will convene a Commission meeting which includes a scheduled vote on a controversial Joint Partnership Agreement (JPA) with Florida Power and Light (FPL) regarding what to do about the utility’s antiquated, failing cooling canal system (item 11A3 on the agenda). Local organizations, including SACE, are demanding the agreement be strengthened before the County approves, otherwise the agreement could substantially delay the cleanup at Turkey Point, resulting in long-term impacts on the region’s drinking water resource, the Biscayne Aquifer, and the health of Biscayne Bay and the adjacent Biscayne and Everglades National Parks.

Counterflow: The Devil Went Down to Georgia

This blog was originally posted here by Steve Huntoon at RTO Insider on January 22, 2018. An excerpt is below, published with permission. Steve Huntoon is a former president of the Energy Bar Association, with 30 years of experience advising and representing energy companies and institutions. He received a B.A. in economics and a J.D. from the University of […]

No Bonuses for Mismanagement, Mistakes at Nuclear Expansion Projects

This blog was written by High Risk Energy Intern, Kailie Melchior. I’ve been tracking the troubled nuclear power expansion projects in South Carolina and Georgia and have some observations. With SCE&G and Santee Cooper in South Carolina, I thought utilities learned that taking big bonuses while pushing off costs from a deeply troubled new nuclear […]

Talking Energy Reform with the SC Tea Party

On Monday of this week, I got to speak at the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention in Myrtle Beach about the ongoing V.C. Summer nuclear scandal. It was a great opportunity to find common ground with the Tea Party on important energy issues here in SC, as SACE has done with Tea Party groups in other states. I was asked to talk about what’s really going on with the nuclear scandal, who’s responsible, and what comes next, so I tried to wrap all of that up into about 10 minutes, but here are the main points: 1) In trying to understand how we’ve gotten to this point with huge debt for a canceled power plant that customers may end up having to pay, the details are many but can be boiled down to that monopolies, set up by the government, have been taxing us, killing competition, and taking away our freedom; and 2)Likewise, the solutions to the mess can be terribly complicated, but it comes down to this key question: in South Carolina’s energy system, are we going to continue the failed path of corrupt monopoly control that brought us to this point, or free our state’s electric customers to enjoy customer choice in a fair power market that people can understand?

The conference had a great videographer who has made the video available on Youtube here and I’ve copied it below. If you would like to read a written copy of my remarks, please scroll down below the video.

FPL’s Turkey Point Costs Hit Customers; Lawsuit Moves Forward

One month ago the Florida Public Service Commission, the agency that regulates the state’s biggest power companies, approved FPL’s request to charge customer for the costs to clean-up an underground contamination plume caused by the cooling canal system (CSS) at its Turkey Point plant – the price tag is over $200 million. If you are […]

Florida: Energy Winners and Losers in 2017

Happy 2018! As we would look forward to taking positive steps  towards a cleaner, smarter energy future in the Sunshine State this year, it’s instructive to look at the state energy trends from last year. Clean energy policies and projects advanced in 2017. Here’s a look at some of the energy “winners” and “losers” from […]