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.

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 […]

Georgia, South Carolina Nuclear Reactors “On Time, Under Budget”

Just kidding! April Fool’s!

I know, I know…we did this last year too, but it’s not our fault that Southern Company and SCANA offered up April Fool’s 2016 as completion dates for the first new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle in Georgia and V.C. Summer in South Carolina picked April Fool’s 2017 for the next two new reactors at each site. You heard that right: roughly 4400 megawatts (MW) of new nuclear generation were supposed to be flowing through transmission lines by now.

Congrats to Georgia Power for bringing new nuclear reactors online at Plant Vogtle!

An opinion editorial, similar to this blog post, ran in Creative Loafing Atlanta on March 31, 2016, find it online here. We’d like to congratulate Georgia Power for bringing the first of two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle on schedule and on budget. Bah hah hah! Just kidding! April Fool’s! Joke #1: Original Operation Date: April […]

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 […]

Secret sweetheart deal for Georgia nuclear reactors puts taxpayers at risk

Earlier this week, shocking news was released regarding $6.5 billion in taxpayer-backed federal loan guarantees for two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle in Georgia. Two partners in the project, Georgia Power (subsidiary of Southern Co.) and Oglethorpe Power, had to pay $0, zip, nothing for something known as the “credit subsidy fee” — essentially […]