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 [...]

Final Clean Power Plan Safeguards Public Health and Spurs Clean Energy Growth

On Monday, President Obama announced the release of the finalized Clean Power Plan, our nation’s first regulations to limit carbon pollution from existing fossil-fueled power plants. The Clean Power Plan, as crafted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets achievable carbon pollution reduction goals for each state, based on the unique energy mix currently serving the power needs of each state.

This historic action will mean a huge boon to public health. Along with reducing climate-change causing carbon pollution, the Clean Power Plan will also reduce other harmful pollution from coal plants resulting in prevention of 3,600 premature deaths, 1,700 non-fatal heart attacks, 90,000 asthma attacks in children and 300,000 missed workdays and schooldays due to illness.

Low Cost Path for Southern Company to Comply with EPA’s Clean Power Plan

With the US Environmental Protection Agency poised to release its final Clean Power Plan rule, some utilities have raised alarm about the rule’s cost. Some of those same voices have raised alarms about reliability, but as I wrote in May, cutting carbon pollution won’t make the sky fall. Today we release Cleaner Energy for Southern Company, [...]

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 [...]

Protecting Florida’s Apalachicola River from Coal Ash Pollution

This post was authored by David Guest, Managing Attorney for the Florida office of Earthjustice, a public-interest law firm that represented SACE and our allies in this case. It was originally posted on Earthjustice’s blog.  And now for something completely different: I bring you some actual, positive news from Florida! For the past year, we’ve been [...]

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 [...]

Do Southeastern utilities deserve high marks for helping manufacturing?

Site Selection magazine’s annual rankings of top utilities for economic development routinely features the four large Southeastern utilities: Southern Company, Tennessee Valley Authority, Duke Energy and Florida Power & Light. But is there room for improvement? YES! In the Southeast, utilities’ energy efficiency programs, and overall utility planning, fail to focus on critical manufacturing growth issues. [...]

What have we learned in the four years since the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan?

Today marks the fourth anniversary of the devastating Great Japan East Earthquake and subsequent tsunami that killed many thousands of people, with thousands still missing, and triggered a triple-meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. A reported 250,000 people still remain displaced, with the Fukushima prefecture officially stating that over 118,000 Fukushima people are still [...]

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 [...]

Gulf Power = Green Power? Utility leaps forward

Updated at 4:40pm ET, on February 16 to reflect correct solar capacity planned for military bases in Georgia Power’s service territory. Gulf Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company and one of the smallest investor-owned electric utilities in Florida, just took not one, not two, but THREE steps forward on clean energy in as many weeks. First, [...]