SACE | Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Say No New, Costly Reactors
October 28, 2008
Tell your elected utility regulators to say no to
new costly reactors and yes to reduced electric
bills and safe, clean energy choices!
Dear SACE Supporter, Come to the Georgia Public Service Commission on Monday, November 3 –
Tell your elected utility regulators to get Georgia Power out of building costly new reactors and onto cutting our electric bills through energy efficiency and safe, clean energy choices!
Georgia Power is asking the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) for approval to build two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro, Georgia along the Savannah River. Paying for extremely expensive and water-intensive nuclear reactors is a poor use of ratepayers’ money given the financial, security, and safety risks associated with nuclear power. The PSC (Georgia’s elected utility regulators) is holding a public hearing on Monday, November 3, 2008, starting at 10 am. It is not clear if any more public comment opportunities will be available on this important issue so they need to hear from you, the ratepayer. Tell the PSC that you support safe, clean energy choices such as energy efficiency and conservation, bioenergy, wind, and solar and that you don’t want to pay for Georgia Power’s risky pursuit of nuclear power.
Georgia Power’s nuclear plant Vogtle was one of the last and most costly nuclear plants built in the country and at the time resulted in the worst rate hike Georgians ever experienced. In press statements earlier this year, Georgia Power estimated its share of the new Vogtle reactors would be ~$6.4 billion, resulting in rate increases of approximately $12 per month. Prices have continued to skyrocket. We cannot afford to go down that expensive road again in Georgia! Sincerely, Stephen A. Smith Executive Director
What You Can Do:Attend the November 3rd hearing on the Plant Vogtle certification process and speak out publically. It begins at 10 a.m. at the Public Service Commission building near the State Capitol (244 Washington Street, SW, Atlanta, GA 30334)—please show up on time in order to sign up for public comment. Please prepare brief comments (2-3 minutes). For driving directions to the PSC, go to: www.psc.state.ga.us/contactinfo.asp.
For more information on this proposal, visit the PSC’s website at www.psc.state.ga.us and enter “27800” in the docket search box on the left side of the page.
Suggested Talking Points: We Cannot Afford Nuclear Power. • I do not want my electric bill to go up with the building of a new nuclear plant. Given the economic downturn, my neighbors and I are looking for ways to save money. That could be done by helping us all become more energy efficient, not by building a costly new power plant.
• As a ratepayer, if my money is going to be spent on new energy supplies, I would prefer that my money be spent on clean, safe, affordable energy projects such as wind, bioenergy, and solar or energy efficiency and conservation. If you give Georgia Power the right to invest in a new nuclear plant it will take away investment in beneficial energy sources.We Need to Tap Safe, Clean Energy Choices Available Today. • Locally produced, clean energy supplies including bioenergy, wind, and solar are available in Georgia. I support Georgia Power’s proposal to convert Plant Mitchell, an aging coal plant, to 100% biomass. I want to see them do more of that instead of expanding nuclear power in Georgia.
• Energy efficiency and conservation measures can save us all money and can reduce the need to build more power plants in Georgia. Georgia has done a very poor job in using energy efficiently and ranks well behind much of the country. Before we invest our money in any new power plants, we should first make sure that we have done everything possible to save energy today. Nuclear Power Squanders Our Water Resources and Pollutes. • Nuclear power plants require huge volumes of water in order to operate, competing with other important uses. Plant Vogtle already withdraws over 60 million gallons per day from the Savannah River and returns only about 1/3—most of it being lost to evaporation from the large cooling towers. Many other energy options, including renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency and conservation measures, use far less water. Building more reactors at Vogtle will only make our water situation worse.
• Nuclear power plants produce dangerous nuclear waste that remains radioactive for millions of years, requiring protection from humans and the environment for periods of time that no civilized society has ever existed. More nuclear reactors at Vogtle means even more nuclear waste for Georgia.