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Prevent New Nuclear Reactors in Georgia


LATEST: Southern Co. Proposes to Continue Plant Vogtle Nuclear Reactor Expansion that Doubled in Cost, Many More Years Delayed

NEWS: SACE files final brief in 16th Vogtle Construction Monitoring review with recommendations for the troubled project

NEWS: Fate of Southern Company and SCANA New Nuclear Power Projects Unknown as Lead Contractor Westinghouse Files for Bankruptcy

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

In Review: Georgia Regulators Approve More Expenditures for Beleaguered Vogtle Nuclear Project

In review: Georgia Regulators Approve Multi-Billion Dollar Cost Increase for Southern Company’s Delayed Plant Vogtle Reactors

In review: 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

©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 that are facing massive cost increases and an unknown future, the time is now to take action.


Oppose High Risk Energy

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 two-reactor 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. 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!