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Prevent New Nuclear Reactors in Georgia

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LATEST: It’s a Go for Plant Vogtle: Georgia Regulators Reject Staff, Expert Recommendations to Protect Customers from Delayed, Over Budget Nuclear Expansion

NEWS: Experts Agree It Is Uneconomic for Georgia Power Customers to Shoulder Costs if Bungled Plant Vogtle Nuclear Expansion Project Continues

NEWS: Vogtle expansion makes Georgia Water Coalition’s Infamous “Dirty Dozen” list

CANCELLED! Georgia Power’s Proposed Stewart County Reactors Casualty of Toshiba-Westinghouse Financial Crisis

©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. Help us advocate for safe, clean and affordable energy choices that can reduce global warming pollution more quickly while preserving our water resources including energy efficiency, wind and solar. With an already high reliance on water-intensive nuclear power in Georgia, the time is now to take action.

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Southern Alliance for Clean Energy has a long history challenging Plant Vogtle in Burke County near Waynesboro, Georgia and that involvement continues as we challenge the proposed nuclear 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) ventured down this costly and risky path again with two new Toshiba-Westinghouse AP1000 reactors under construction, a water-guzzling design that has yet to be built or to operate anywhere in the world. In fact, the Vogtle project is the ONLY remaining new nuclear construction project remaining in the U.S. as all others were cancelled or indefinitely suspended.

The originally estimated $14.1 billion two-reactor Vogtle expansion project should have been operational in April 2016 and April 2017 but is delayed — again — to November 2021 for Unit 3 and November 2022 for Unit 4. The costs have more than doubled, exacerbated by the March 2017 Westinghouse bankruptcy, 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 (with another $3.7 billion in guarantees since the Westinghouse bankruptcy). 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, Georgia Power proposed 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. The Georgia Water Coalition selected the Stewart Co. water-guzzling boondoggle as a 2016 Dirty Dozen offender. But the Westinghouse bankruptcy, along with public opposition, led to cancellation of the Stewart County reactors!