Georgia Power spokesman Mark Williams says a plan to shut down 15 generating units would result in the closure of three power plants across the state. Georgia Power announced Monday that it will request the state's public service commission to approve decertifying and retiring units at plants in Putnam, Coweta, Glynn and Chatham counties.
Cost overruns and safety concerns at Georgia’s nuclear expansion project were the topic Tuesday at Georgia’s Public Service Commission. An independent auditor told utility regulators Plant Vogtle construction will be delayed at least 15 months and go millions of dollars over budget.
Two Republicans have defeated challengers to retain their seats on Georgia's Public Service Commission. Commissioner Chuck Eaton defeated Democrat Stephen Oppenheimer for the District 3 seat on the panel, which regulates electric and other utilities in the state. The district covers metro Atlanta, although the seat is elected statewide. In western Georgia, Commissioner Stan Wise, a Republican, defeated Libertarian David Staples for the District 5 seat. No Democratic candidate qualified in that race, which is also elected statewide.
The competition to provide solar energy in the state is heating up. A company last week filed a proposal with the Public Service Commission to start an independent solar utility. GPB’s Ellen Reinhardt reports Georgia Power plans to submit its own solar proposal this week.
Southern Co. has reported its most recent costs to build a new nuclear plant in Georgia amid questions over whether the project can stay on budget. The Atlanta-based utility filed a report Friday with Georgia's Public Service Commission covering spending for the six-month period ending in June.
Public Service Commission staff [today/Thursday] recommended the panel certify construction costs for Plant Vogtle from July through December of 2011. That means utility experts think Georgia Power spent money wisely building the nuclear plant in east Georgia.
Voters across the state are casting ballots for local elections as well as for a transportation penny sales tax, Democratic and Republican ballot questions, the Public Service Commissioner race, and some Congressional districts.
Southern Company has spent $1.8 billion dollars so far on two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle near Augusta. The once-secret number was revealed at a public hearing on the project's cost, estimated at $6 billion. The Public Service Commission is overseeing construction costs at the nation's first new nuclear reactors in three decades.