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 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
The deadline was extended, then extended again, to get an agreement to proceed agreeable to all owners of the new nuclear reactors under construction at Plant Vogtle. Some background on the issue can be found here, but the long and short is that the non-Georgia Power owners wanted some assurance of a cost cap, and
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
I’ll admit that we haven’t given the down ballot races the attention they deserve on these pages. I don’t like to write about campaigns anymore, and a lot of the folks we have left are actively working on other campaigns or otherwise have conflicts that keep them from being honest brokers. The loss of Jon
Tricia Pridemore has been appointed to fill the unexpired term of Stan Wise, giving her incumbent status prior to qualifying for the position next month. Pridemore has already announced as a candidate for the seat (disclosure, she’s a friend and I’ve made a contribution). The PSC has quite a few issues on its plate, with
The Atlanta Business Chronicle is reporting that the Chairman of Georgia’s Public Service Commission is not seeking re-election. “There’s an old saying that happiness doesn’t come from doing easy work,” Wise said in a statement. “I was sent here to make tough decisions, and I did my best to advance our state and its citizens.
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
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
On Monday, the two utilities building nuclear reactors at the Virgil C Summer nuclear site decided to pull the plug on the project, scuttling two of the four nuclear reactors currently under construction in the United States. The remaining two nuclear reactors are on the other side of the Savannah River, in Burke County Georgia.