Georgia Power

Solar industry reps urge Georgia PSC to expand popular rooftop program

BY: - July 1, 2021

A program that has made rooftop solar more affordable for homeowners in Georgia will soon hit a cap, which has solar industry representatives urging state officials to expand capacity. Georgia Power, which is the state’s largest electricity provider, agreed in 2019 to let 5,000 customers participate in a pilot program as part of the lengthy […]

State regulators, federal inspectors give big headaches to Vogtle owners 

BY: - June 24, 2021

Managers of the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion project are having an especially bad month, which is saying something for a long-delayed project billions of dollars over budget. Georgia Power and its parent company, Southern Co. endured a blistering hearing at the Georgia Public Service Commission Thursday, just days after U.S. nuclear regulators launched a review […]

Predicted ‘electric vehicle revolution’ in Georgia arriving at a crossroads

BY: - June 23, 2021

Shelley Francis was trying to get from one meeting to the next in DC when she pulled out her phone to request an Uber driver. A few minutes later, a Nissan LEAF showed up. She knew the vehicle escorting her to the next stop was electric powered, but wasn’t the car’s range limited? “I spent […]

Plant Vogtle monitors predict more nuclear plant expansion delays

BY: - June 8, 2021

Plant Vogtle’s first new nuclear reactor may not start producing energy for Georgia consumers until at least next June, which would be a longer delay than Georgia Power predicted just last month. An independent monitor, Donald Grace, said in written testimony filed this week that the two new reactors at the Waynesboro plant will likely […]

Georgia Power customers to find out new tab for Vogtle expansion this fall

BY: - May 19, 2021

This post was updated at 8:53 a.m. Wednesday to reflect that Georgia Power’s latest schedule to complete the third unit moved from November until the first quarter of 2022. A decade ago, Norcross consultant Steven Prenovitz expressed skepticism about Georgia Power’s ability to contain Plant Vogtle’s expansion costs as the state’s largest electricity provider aimed […]

Southern Co. expects new Plant Vogtle delays as PSC weighs tab

BY: - April 30, 2021

The snakebit Plant Vogtle nuclear reactor expansion project is likely to miss another deadline. The Georgia Public Service Commission will soon decide whether to sign off on the $670 million in construction costs over the final six months of 2020, a tab that could eventually get passed onto customer’s electric bills.  Georgia Power recently announced […]

Report: Close Georgia Power coal plants faster to avert climate crisis

BY: - April 22, 2021

A new environmental report says that Georgia Power’s parent company and other regional utilities are not doing enough to reduce greenhouse emissions to avoid climate disaster. The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) analysis projects that over the next decade, the Southern Co., which owns Georgia Power and other major Southeast utilities, will not retire […]

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Georgia’s Gold Dome has a ‘Death Valley,’ too

BY: - March 16, 2021

On the South Carolina side of Lake Hartwell, there’s a giant gridiron edifice that you can see from your boat. Clemson’s stadium is dubbed Death Valley. Indeed, Coach Dabo Sweeney and his orange-clad Tigers have a tradition of laying to rest their opponents. But this time, I’m not talking football. If you jump on I-85 […]

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Time to take off the mule blinders

BY: - March 11, 2021

If your great-grandfather was a farmer, he probably didn’t start out plowing with a tractor. More than likely, mules or horses first pulled his implements through the fields. My great-grandpa Ezra McNeal was a mule man. And to keep his mules from being distracted, the bridle had leather flaps on either side of the animal’s […]

Ga. House panel passes bill to require coal ash monitoring for decades

BY: - March 2, 2021

The state’s largest electric public utility would have to monitor groundwater near toxic coal ash ponds for five decades under a revived proposal that cleared a Georgia House committee Tuesday. And while the GOP bill has largely found support at the statehouse, environmentalists and residents living near the coal ash ponds have urged lawmakers to take […]

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Georgia Power: Be a good ‘citizen’ with toxic coal ash

BY: - February 11, 2021

As sure as salt water licks the sands of our Golden Isles, we can expect the state’s largest utility to put a squeeze on Georgia’s Gold Dome. And if mythical sleuth Sherlock Holmes were stalking the halls, he’d say, in his British accent, “They don’t call it Georgia Power for naught.” Very few—if any—pieces of […]

Sierra Club report card hands Georgia Power’s climate plans failing grades

BY: - January 25, 2021

Georgia’s largest electric public utility and its parent company received failing grades in an advocacy group’s new report sizing up the climate plans of the country’s regulated utilities. The Sierra Club’s report, titled “The Dirty Truth about Utility Climate Pledges,” gave Georgia Power 13 points out of 100 based on criteria that rewards utilities for retiring […]