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Prevent New Reactors in Georgia

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TAKE ACTION: Speak out at December 6 public hearing at PSC on soaring Vogtle project costs! Couldn’t attend? – Submit comments before December 20!

Latest: Georgia Regulators to Conduct “Non-Review” of Multi-Billion Dollar Cost Increases for Nuclear Power Expansion Project

Recent news: Proposed agreement would reward Southern Company for bungled, massively over budget and 45-month delayed Vogtle reactors

Ongoing: Georgia PSC to review all costs to date for over budget Vogtle reactors in new, expedited proceeding

Decision reached: Georgia PSC approves $99 million for Georgia Power to explore new reactors in Stewart Co. along the Chattahoochee River & Georgia Water Coalition selects water-guzzling proposal as a “Dirty Dozen” culprit

BLOG: Green light for new nuclear generation in Georgia continues

In Review: Georgia PSC approves $148 million for troubled Vogtle expansion but includes SACE recommendations for consumer protections

©High Flyer, special to SRS Watch

©High Flyer, special to SRS Watch

Join Southern Alliance for Clean Energy’s efforts to watchdog the under-construction new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle in Georgia along the stressed Savannah River and to prevent new reactors from being pursued in Stewart County along the imperiled Chattahoochee River. Help us advocate for safe, clean and affordable energy choices that can reduce global warming pollution in a timely manner while preserving our water resources including energy efficiency and conservation, wind and solar. With an already high reliance on nuclear power in Georgia and electric utilities in the state building expensive, water-intensive new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle and now Georgia Power exploring building two more reactors in Stewart County along the Chattahoochee River, in 2016 designated as America’s Most Endangered River, the time is now to take action.

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Southern Alliance for Clean Energy has a long history challenging nuclear plant Vogtle in Burke County near Waynesboro, Georgia and that involvement continues as we challenge the proposed expansion at the state and federal level. Plant Vogtle was one of the last and most costly nuclear plants built in the country. Original estimates for four reactors were $660 million. Eventually, only two reactors were built, costing more than $8 billion, resulting at the time in the largest rate hike in Georgia. Unfortunately, Georgia utilities (Southern Company’s Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power, MEAG and Dalton Utilities) are venturing down this costly and risky path again with plans to build two new Toshiba-Westinghouse AP1000 reactors, a water-guzzling design that has yet to be built or to operate anywhere in the world. The originally estimated $14.1 billion project is now likely 45 months delayed and is approaching ~$22 billion, placing enormous risk not only on ratepayers but on U.S. taxpayers given the unfortunate finalization of $8.3 billion in nuclear loan guarantees for Southern Company and its utility partners Oglethorpe Power and MEAG. To learn more about the history of this challenge, visit our Vogtle Learn About page.

Despite the excessive cost overruns, significant delays and construction problems at Vogtle, there is a new nuclear power expansion threat — Georgia Power is exploring building two nuclear reactors in Stewart County along the Chattahoochee River, center of the decades-long Tri-State Water Wars. And unfortunately in July 2016 the Georgia Public Service Commission approved allowing the Company to spend up to $99 million (which really is a higher price tag for customers when financing costs, etc. are included) to evaluate the site and begin efforts to pursue obtaining a federal license from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Read more about this proposal and the travails at Vogtle in this blog post. The Georgia Water Coalition selected the Stewart Co. water-guzzling boondoggle as a 2016 Dirty Dozen offender.