A Series of Unfortunate Events for Plant Vogtle – last new nuclear project in turmoil

The last new nuclear power project remaining in the U.S., the expansion of Plant Vogtle in Georgia, is in turmoil. In August, Southern Company announced that the already budget-busting project had a $2.3 billion cost increase, just eight months after another multi-billion dollar cost increase was approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) over […]

JEA Demand: Protect Customers, Stop Gambling on Vogtle Nuclear Reactors

In Kenny Rogers song, The Gambler, the secret to success is knowing when to hold your cards and knowing when to fold ‘em. JEA has concluded that the Vogtle reactors are a bad hand for its customers stating that “a decision to continue the project cannot be justified on any rational basis.” It’s demanding that one of the partners, in the tortured project, the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG), walk away from the table before it’s too late to avoid the worst economic impacts for JEA customers, and the partner utilities’ customers.

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.

A mystery: Peaking power plants using more natural gas than ever in the Southeast

In 2016, there was an unusual spike in the operation of natural gas combustion turbine plants at several Southeastern utilities. At just 14 plants, fuel expenses increased by $210 million compared to recent years.

Identifying Leaders: “Solar in the Southeast” Annual Report blog series (part 3 of 5)

This is part three in a five-part series about the SACE “Solar in the Southeast” 2017 Annual Report To view other blogs in this series, click here. Identifying Utility Solar Leaders and “SunRisers” A highlight of the Solar in the Southeast 2017 Annual Report was shining a light on utilities, large and small, that are moving […]

Introducing SACE’s “Solar in the Southeast” 2017 Annual Report (part 1 of 5)

This is the first in a five-part series about the “Solar in the Southeast” 2017 Annual Report. It should come as no surprise that some utilities in the southeast have more ambitious solar programs than others.  And with solar tariffs the federal government recently announced, it’s rather timely for us to assert that the sun […]

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 […]

What do “The Last Jedi” and Georgia actually have in common?

At the end of December, just when everyone was focused on the premier of the new Star Wars movie “The Last Jedi” (and the holiday season), the Georgia Public Service Commission ignored their own Staff’s recommendations – and that of intervenors including the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy – and unanimously voted to allow the […]

Energy Storage: Charging Ahead in 2018

Duke Florida plans to add 50 MW of battery storage.
Kentucky Power’s IRP has plans for adding 10 MW of battery storage by 2025.
Duke Energy in North Carolina will install a 9 MW battery system in transmission-constrained Asheville.
West Virginia’s Laurel Mountain wind farm has a co-located 32 MW / 8 MWh lithium-ion battery system.
Duke Energy’s Notrees Windpower Project in western Texas is upgrading from lead-acid batteries to a 36 MW lithium-ion system.
Southern Company is testing a 1 MW / 2 MWh lithium-ion battery system in Cedartown, Georgia.
Southern Company and Gulf Power are testing a 250 kW / 1 MWh Tesla Powerpack in Pensacola, Florida.
Chattanooga, Tennessee’s Electric Power Board (EPB) has energized a 100kW/400kWh Vanadium flow battery.
Entergy New Orleans paired its new 1 MW solar PV facility with a 500 kWh lithium-ion battery system.
Arkansas Electric Cooperative Company began evaluating battery storage in 2015 for its IRP.
Dominion Energy (Virginia) has an IRP that evaluates battery storage, and even pumped-hydro storage.