Category: Public Service Commission

Georgia Continues To Move Away From Coal

This week’s Courier Herald column: With little fanfare, Georgia’s Public Service Commission voted to allow Georgia Power to close several plants last week.  Four coal-burning units at Plant Hammond near Rome Georgia will be permanently retired, along with a coal-burning unit at Plant McIntosh in Rincon.  The order also allows Georgia Power to retire several

Doug Everett Resigns PSC Seat; Rep Jason Shaw Appointed To Complete Term

Public Service Commissioner Doug Everett is resigning his District 1 seat effective at the end of the year. Governor Nathan Deal has named Representative Jason Shaw, Chairman of the House Appropriations Transportation Committee. Shaw’s House seat will require a special election. The PSC seat will be on the statewide ballot in 2020, when Shaw will

Power Restoration Progresses In South Georgia Following Hurricane Michael

Power restoration to tens of thousands in South Georgia continues after hurricane Michael. This storm is unique from others in both intensity and that it not only took down power poles and lines in service areas, but many substations and major transmission lines. Repairs to the entire power grid over a large part of the

Oglethorpe Power Throws Future Of Plant Vogtle In Doubt

The board of Oglethorpe Power, one of the owners of Plant Vogtle’s units 3 & 4 currently under construction in Burke County near Waynesboro, has just voted to proceed but demand a cost cap for finishing construction amid escalating costs and multiple extended deadlines. Earlier today another owner, MEAG – the Municipal Electrical Association of

Vogtle To Get $3.7 Billion In Additional Federal Loan Guarantees

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced today that the entities responsible for the two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle will receive additional loan guarantees. Georgia Power recently announced their intention to complete the project after their prime contractor, Westinghouse Electric, filed for bankruptcy over cost overruns on this and other projects. As others have

Georgia Power Decides To Move Forward With Plant Vogtle Construction

Southern Company, parent of mega-utility Georgia Power, has distributed a press release this morning that they have decided to continue with the construction of Plant Vogtle units 3 & 4 – currently the only nuclear power plants under construction in the country. South Carolina utilities chose to scrap construction of their units in the past