Georgia Public Service Commission

Kemp picks new PSC member as Eaton leaves for superior court judgeship

BY: - July 20, 2021

This story was update at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.  The head of a state board that regulates Georgia’s public utilities is set to become a superior court judge this summer, and the governor appointed a Cobb County businessman to the panel to replace him Wednesday. Gov. Brian Kemp tapped commission Chairman Chuck Eaton for a judgeship […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

McDonald earns another term as Georgia utility regulator

BY: - January 7, 2021

Lauren “Bubba” McDonald is set to return for another term on the Public Service Commission that regulates how much Georgians pay for electricity and natural gas and shapes the state’s energy policy direction. McDonald became the lone Republican to win Tuesday’s runoff election as the Associated Press declared him the winner over Democrat Daniel Blackman. […]

Billion dollar Plant Vogtle tab debate could be on the line with PSC runoff

BY: - December 16, 2020

Georgia Power’s overdue and over-budget Plant Vogtle nuclear plant expansion served as a handy punching bag for the challenger in a Tuesday debate as he took on a veteran of utility regulation ahead of the state’s Jan. 5 runoff election. Georgia’s twin U.S. Senate contests are consuming most of the country’s political attention now that […]

Judge to decide if PSC must revisit Georgia Power’s coal ash cleanup tab

BY: - November 23, 2020

A Fulton County judge will decide whether state regulators should rethink their decision to let Georgia Power pass along $525 million in coal ash cleanup costs to its customers over the next few years. Attorneys for the Sierra Club’s Georgia chapter argued in a court hearing Monday that Georgia Power – and not ratepayers – […]

Key dates coming up for Georgians voting in twin U.S. Senate runoffs

BY: - November 13, 2020

Georgia was long expected to have a January runoff for one U.S. Senate seat, but not many people expected there to be two with Democrats and Republicans facing off. With important dates coming up fast, here’s a guide to dates to mark on your calendar leading up to Jan. 5.  Georgia’s highly anticipated Jan. 5 […]

Biomass energy push gains traction despite some objections

BY: - July 21, 2020

This story was updated Thursday at 2:40 p.m. with a comment from Georgia Power regarding the bidding process. Georgia Power is pressing forward with long-term plans to expand its capacity to convert trees and other organic material into biomass energy despite objections from some environmentalists.  The Public Service Commission agreed Tuesday to let the state’s […]