National Weather Service officials confirmed Friday a tornado touched down in Cherokee County during severe thunderstorms Thursday evening. Georgia Power officials say crews are still working to restore power to about 44,000 customers this afternoon. Most of those customers are in metro Atlanta.
The solar industry in Georgia wants to force an electric monopoly to use more renewable energy. Southern Co. subsidiary Georgia Power is presenting its plans for meeting the state's energy needs over the next 20 years.
Utility officials say no one has been seriously hurt in an explosion at a coal-fired power plant northwest of Atlanta. The chairman of Georgia's Public Service Commission, Chuck Eaton, said an apparent explosion struck Unit 2 at Plant Bowen on Thursday afternoon.
A bill to prevent Georgia Power from reaping profits on cost overruns at Plant Vogtle failed to pass the state House before last week’s deadline. But the bill’s sponsor says the issue – and the bill – aren’t dead yet.
A state House subcommittee has voted to kill a bill aimed at reducing the profits a utility could earn if construction of a nuclear plant exceeds the original budget. Morris News Service reports the legislative panel voted Tuesday to strike the bill down after Georgia Power Co. — a subsidiary of Southern Co. — announced it needed to raise its construction budget for Plant Vogtle in Waynesboro by $737 million to $6.85 billion.
State regulators have approved Georgia Power's costs so far to build two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle in Waynesboro. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Georgia Public Service Commission gave the approval at a meeting Tuesday.