Tue., November 10, 2009 10:43am (EST)

PSC Begins Vogtle Review
By Mary Ellen Cheatham
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Updated: 5 years ago

AUGUSTA, Ga.  —  
The PSC today begins periodic reviews of Plant Vogtle construction.  (photo courtesy of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission)
The PSC today begins periodic reviews of Plant Vogtle construction. (photo courtesy of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission)
The state's Public Service Commission is meeting with Georgia Power today to review plans for two proposed new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle near Augusta.

It's the first hearing in a process called integrated resource planning, in which the PSC monitors the construction timeline and budget of the project, which is expected to cost Georgia Power about $6.4 billion.

Even though the federal government has not yet approved construction and operation of the reactors, preliminary site work has begun. The monitoring is an effort to prevent cost overruns during construction that could lead to dramatic rate increases for consumers.