SACE | Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Prevent New Reactors in Georgia
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 along the Chattahoochee River, in 2016 designated as America’s Most Endangered River, the time is now to take action.
- Read SACE’s brief on Georgia Power’s 2016 long term energy plan — highlighting why more nuclear reactors would be a big mistake
- Access our Vogtle talking points and fact sheet
- Read SACE’s brief filed with the Georgia PSC in the 14th VCM and blog post. Our press release from the 13th VCM provides an overview as well.
- See your Vogtle prepayment fee cost if you are a Georgia Power Customer
- Share your concerns with the Georgia Public Service Commission
- Thank you for protecting the Savannah River from Plant Vogtle’s expansion by submitting comments to GA EPD on the draft water discharge (NPDES) permit! Read SACE’s oral comments here and written comments here.
- Read the Georgia Water Coalition’s 2014 Dirty Dozen selection for Plant Vogtle (three years in a row!) and find all the “Dirty Dozen” reports here, including the most recent 2015 report that includes an update on Vogtle’s expansion
- Read our blog about the massive surface water withdrawal permit for the proposed Vogtle reactors that includes our comments, expert testimony and more
- View fact sheet from Taxpayers for Common Sense
- View group comments and expert declarations on waste confidence, filed Dec. 20, 2013
- Contact Congress
- Attend an Event
- Support our Work
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 at least 39 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, please 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.