SACE | Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Opposing Risky Plant Vogtle Reactors
More than a dozen new nuclear reactors are currently proposed in the Southeast, including two slated for Plant Vogtle in Georgia. SACE advocates for utilities to embrace safe, clean renewable energy and affordable energy efficiency, rather than build risky new reactors. Despite safety issues and financial uncertainty, especially post-Fukushima, Southern Company’s subsidiary Georgia Power continues to ignore and dispute ongoing concerns and is aggressively pushing forward with construction of new Toshiba-Westinghouse AP1000 reactors at Plant Vogtle.
Attempts to protect ratepayers have consistently been met with delay and opposition. For more than a year Georgia Power fought against a proposal that would reduce their allowed profit margin if construction costs exceeded the budgeted amount by $300 million. As SACE Executive Director Dr. Stephen A. Smith stated in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “The fact that Georgia Power won’t even allow a modest penalty so that they are motivated to stay on schedule and on budget is unacceptable.”
Spending billions on a costly energy option that endangers our health and security, water resources, and the environment is risky and irresponsible. Anti-consumer state legislation that charges customers in advance for some costs associated with new nuclear reactors is unfair. SACE works to protect ratepayers in the Southeast by fighting against this unjust manner of forced investment. Because of these financial, health and safety concerns, SACE believes that Southern Company should instead reduce demand through aggressive energy efficiency programs and invest in safe, clean, renewable energy.