Nuclear power plant expansions are moving forward in the South while they are stalled or have been scrapped in other parts of the country. The South's politics have a lot to do with that trend. Lawmakers here prefer regulated markets and smooth the way for expensive new reactors.
The state Public Service Commission has approved spending $10 million to help low-income residents pay their heating bills. The money comes from a fund Atlanta Gas Light uses to extend pipelines to where homes and businesses are being built. The PSC asked AGL to curb its 2012 project requests to make the heating assistance available.
A plan intended to protect consumers from potential cost over-runs at Plant Vogtle is dead. The Public Service Commission staff withdrew the proposal after months of saying it was necessary for consumer protection.
State utility regulators heard arguments Wednesday over a plan intended to protect consumers from potential cost over-runs of the nuclear expansion of Plant Vogtle. More than a dozen people went before the Public Service Commission to voice their concerns over the project itself.
A state utility regulator said he sees more room for solar power in Georgia. Public Service Commissioner Chuck Eaton told a conference Friday that he opposed solar energy five years ago because the price was too high. He said he changed his mind because the cost has fallen and the technology is more efficient.
State officials are considering a proposal that could open more natural gas refueling stations on Georgia's highways. Atlanta Gas Light has asked the state Public Service Commission to tap into a government fund to help pay for ten to 12 new stations. But they wouldn't be for the general public.
Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols thinks Georgians need to ride on trains to understand the benefits of passenger rail. So, the freshmen PSC member is arranging public train rides to one of the state’s biggest sporting events.