Energy & Environment

State consultants say Plant Vogtle expansion timeline ‘challenged’

BY: - November 26, 2019

Delays and costs are likely to keep growing for an expansion of Georgia Power’s nuclear plant south of Augusta, according to reports the Georgia Public Service Commission staff filed last Friday. Underway since 2013, the project to build two additional nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle is billions over budget and already three years behind schedule. […]

Georgia Power responds to rate hike objections from PSC staff, customers

BY: - November 26, 2019

Gloria Hayes said at a hearing Monday if regulators allow Georgia Power to increase its rates, seniors like her who live on a fixed-income might be forced to make some tough financial choices. Hayes is among the dozen or so seniors who have attended ongoing Georgia Public Service Commission hearings since September to ask regulators […]

Representatives Bishop, Johnson sign onto ambitious climate bill

BY: - November 25, 2019

WASHINGTON — Virginia Rep. Don McEachin (D-Richmond) introduced ambitious legislation this week that would commit the United States to achieve a 100% clean energy economy by 2050.  McEachin’s bill, which has more than 150 co-sponsors in the House and the backing of national environmental groups, has been in the works for months. Two Democratic Georgia […]

Rural NE Georgia wood-fired plants leave nearby residents with bad taste

BY: - November 20, 2019

CARNESVILLE – A pair of wood-fired power plants made a smelly and messy introduction in two rural counties northeast of Athens in recent months. The smokestacks in chicken farm country promise a new source of electricity made from renewable biomass fuels instead of coal and an economic boon for the surrounding rural communities. The plants […]

Georgia Power filing tries to close $1.1 billion rate case gap with PSC

BY: - November 19, 2019

Georgia Power’s rate case is scheduled to resume Monday as the utility provider and state’s regulators try to resolve a billion dollar standoff. The Public Service Commission’s staff is recommending that Georgia Power customers only cover $1.1 billion of the $2.2 billion rate hike the company is requesting over the next three years. A Georgia […]

16 Ga. Superfund sites threatened by climate change — watchdog agency

BY: - November 19, 2019

WASHINGTON — Sixteen of the most contaminated sites in Georgia are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, according to a new report from a government watchdog agency.   The Government Accountability Office (GAO), an independent agency that works for the U.S. Congress, assessed how impacts of climate change — including flooding, storm surge, wildfires and […]

Oily aftermath of wrecked cargo ship on list of ‘Georgia’s Dirty Dozen’

BY: - November 15, 2019

A proposed mine near the Okefenokee Swamp and the cleanup of a wrecked cargo ship carrying more than 4,000 cars are among the environmental concerns flagged in a new report. The Georgia Water Coalition’s annual report, called “Georgia’s Dirty Dozen,” is a list of what’s keeping the state’s environmentalists up at night. This year, some of the […]

COMMENTARY

Battlefields around the world are finding new purpose as parks and refuges

BY: and - November 11, 2019

By Todd Lookingbill and Peter Smallwood University of Richmond/The Conversation The horrors of war are all too familiar: lives lost, homes destroyed, entire communities forced to flee. Yet as time passes, places that once were sites of death and destruction can become peaceful natural refuges. One of the deadliest battles fought on U.S. soil, for […]

Florida-Georgia water war back in court, leaving SW Ga. farmers wary

BY: - November 7, 2019

Attorneys for Georgia and Florida will return to the courtroom today for a proceeding that could have a major impact on southwest Georgia farmers who rely on the Flint River Basin to water their crops. Both sides will argue their cases before a New Mexico judge, kicking off a new chapter in a decades-long dispute […]

PSC says Georgia Power should slow down $525M charge to ratepayers

BY: - November 5, 2019

State regulators Monday said Georgia Power’s request that ratepayers pay $525 million to clean up coal ash ponds and landfills over three years should be phased in more slowly. The state Public Service Commission staff says commissioners should review the proposed toxic ash cleanup and related reimbursements on an annual basis over the next few […]

Federal approvals could launch Camden Spaceport into next phase

BY: - November 4, 2019

A federal agency is set to decide next month whether a Camden County-sponsored Spaceport will get a chance to get off the ground. The Federal Aviation Administration is targeting mid-December to rule on the coastal county’s application to become one of 12 sites in the U.S. licensed to launch privately owned rockets into space. Spaceport […]

Lawsuit challenging Vogtle nuclear expansion decision gets new life

BY: - October 31, 2019

Environmentalists and consumer advocates will have another chance to persuade a Fulton County judge that a review should happen now – instead of years from now – of state regulators’ decision to allow the expansion of Plant Vogtle to continue. The state Court of Appeals issued a decision this week that sends a case stemming […]