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 […]

Georgia Power customers could get billed for COVID-19 safety costs

BY: - July 8, 2020

Georgia Power can recover $7.7 million it spent on COVID-19 safety expenses, but drew criticism over the message that it sends when it sticks customers with the tab. This week’s 3-2 vote by the Georgia Public Service Commission allows the company to eventually collect the money it spent on overtime, cleaning supplies, protective gear for […]

Ga. Senate approves plan to boost broadband expansion

BY: - June 22, 2020

Georgia’s Public Service Commission is close to taking control of regulating the fees local electric membership co-ops can charge internet companies to use their utility poles to extend broadband into rural parts of the state. The commission regulates rates for Georgia Power and other utilities, and has the expertise to determine what EMCs should charge […]

Watchdogs call for Georgia Power to delay delinquent customer shut-offs

BY: - June 15, 2020

State utility regulators are set to sign off on terms of a repayment plan for 160,000 Georgia Power customers delinquent on their bills when a moratorium on electricity shut offs expires next month. The Georgia Public Service Commission is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a proposal to offer Georgia Power’s delinquent customers the option to […]

Storm-ravaged forests add fuel to biomass energy push

BY: - August 7, 2019

Within these thickets are a slew of trees that remain keeled over or snapped in two, just as Hurricane Michael left them nearly 10 months ago. In many cases, the high cost to remove the damaged trees and replant them — even with the state offering a tax incentive to do so — is leaving […]