A state financial analyst says Georgia wouldn't build a nuclear power plant if it were starting from scratch. The analyst working for state regulators, Philip Hayet, said in written testimony that the total costs of building two more nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle is more expensive than the next-best option, constructing natural gas plants.
State officials will decide whether AGL Resources Inc. can collect $275 million from customers to replace plastic pipelines. The Public Service Commission is set to vote Thursday on an agreement that would let the utility start replacing some 756 miles of the oldest plastic pipeline in its system. Natural gas customers would finance the effort by paying $1.29 per month.
A natural gas distributor is seeking $275 million from its customers to replace aging plastic pipelines. AGL Resources says the program is necessary to replace plastic pipelines installed from about 1965 to 1983. Utility officials say surveys show those pipes are leaking, though not at rates that immediately threaten the public.
Increased use of natural gas is at the top of Georgia Power's to-do list according to the company's new 20-year plan. Georgia Power is required to submit a long-range plan every three years to the Public Service Comission. In its latest version, the company highlights the need for many different sources of energy.
Savannah economic development officials are focusing attention on 10 countries that they say have the biggest potential for increasing business with the coastal city. The non-profit World Trade Center in Savannah recently identified large trading partners such as Canada, the UK, Germany and Brazil as targets for growth.
Last year was the first year in Southern Company’s 100 year history that the company used more natural gas than coal to generate electricity. But while natural gas is cheap and plentiful, the company isn’t willing to convert all its plants to natural gas.
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.
Local governments with fleets of vehicles and buses that use natural gas can use the stations to fill up, just as people use regular service stations. Currently there are only two natural gas stations in the state, though four more are planned for this year.