Blinders Remain On in Vogtle Construction Monitoring Docket

One wonders what it is going to take in order to get the Georgia Public Service Commissioners’ attention when it comes to the two under-construction nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle? As reported by Georgia Power in their 13th semi-annual Vogtle Construction Monitoring (VCM) report, the project is $1.4 billion over budget and at least 39-months [...]

Your Top 4 Questions on Electric Vehicles, Answered

National Drive Electric Week kicked off Saturday with more than 30+ events scheduled across the Southeast. If you haven’t checked one out yet, you still have a chance. Find an event near you here. Nearly 400,000 electric vehicles (EVs) have been sold in the U.S. in the last five years. Early owners of EVs, regardless of [...]

Statement: Coal ash ponds threatening Chattahoochee River near Metro Atlanta

On September 9, 2015, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) and our allies attended a public hearing to urge GA’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to protect the Chattahoochee River from toxic coal ash pollution at Plant McDonough, a Georgia Power facility in the suburban Atlanta area. Help us urge EPD to require excavation and removal [...]

Celebrate National Drive Electric Week – September 12-20

National Drive Electric Week (NDEW) kicks off its fifth year this Saturday with hundreds of events scheduled throughout the week to celebrate electric cars (EVs). NDEW, nationally presented by Plug-In America, Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association, is an opportunity to highlight the clean-air benefits, cost-savings, and pure driving joy of electric cars. EV owners will [...]

Consumers deserve protections from the rising costs of the Vogtle nuclear expansion

In just over a week the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) will have an opportunity to provide some protections to shield Georgia Power ratepayers from the increasing costs of building two additional nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle along the Savannah River. On Tuesday, August 18, the Commissioners will vote on whether to approve $169 million [...]

New nuclear reactor designs and concepts are expensive, challenging – New GAO report

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new technology assessment report yesterday, “Nuclear Reactors: Status and challenges in development and deployment of new commercial concepts.” But the results of the study were anything but new. The GAO’s findings confirmed that new nuclear reactor technologies, such as small modular reactors (SMRs), and other new reactor [...]

Hearing on New Vogtle Nuclear Reactors Provides New Information on Mounting Risks and Costs

Below is a Georgia Utility Update first published on July 1, 2015 by Robert “Bobby” B. Baker, Jr. with Freeman, Mathis & Gary, LLP who serves as SACE’s legal counsel in the ongoing semi-annual Vogtle Construction Monitoring (VCM) review before the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC). Mr. Baker served three terms as a Georgia PSC [...]

Georgia Power Is Going Big on EVs

Earlier this year, Georgia Power announced a new $12 million electric vehicle transportation initiative. The program currently includes a residential charging infrastructure rebate program, workplace charging rebates, the installation of charging stations at several sites across the state and the addition of 32 Chevrolet Volts to their company fleet. Georgia Power is also offering an alternative [...]

Taller Turbines: Big win(d) for Georgia

New wind speeds maps released by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) demonstrate the greatly increased potential for wind turbine development in Georgia with advanced turbines. As wind turbines increase in height, Georgia contains a much greater area of land viable for development. The shading on the map below represents new available land for wind development with modern turbine towers of 360 feet (110 meters) achieving a 35% capacity factor or greater. With these turbines, over 8,000 megawatts (MW) of land-based wind potential currently exists in Georgia.

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back? Southern Company Funds Climate Denial Machine

A story broke in the New York Times last week that reveals that Atlanta-based utility giant Southern Company has paid a significant sum of money supporting one of the most prominent climate denying scientists. This scientist is Dr. Wei-Hock Soon, known also as Willie Soon, from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Research conducted by Greenpeace and the [...]