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Monday, November 22, 2010 - 3:19am

More Hearings For Plant Vogtle Expansion

Georgia Power goes before state regulators Monday to give a status report on the nuclear expansion of Plant Vogtle near Augusta.

Public Service Commissioner Bobby Baker says things are going as planned for the two new reactors scheduled to go online in 2016 and 2017.

"There have been changes but not any substantive changes as far as the cost or design right now."

Baker says the company anticipates federal regulators to sign off on the design next September as scheduled.

The PSC is charged with reviewing the 14 billion dollar project every six months to make sure it comes in on time and at cost. That’s partly due to the construction of the first two reactors at Plant Vogtle more than 30 years ago. They overran costs by billions of dollars. But it’s also because of the controversial way it’s being funded. Ratepayers are being charged for its financing upfront. Starting January, they’ll pay 3 dollars and 73 cents extra every month.

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