The Georgia Public Service Commission is about to approve Georgia Power’s gigantic rate hike to cover their Plant Vogtle failures.
This isn’t surprising considering how little the PSC has done to protect consumers. In 2011, the PSC commissioners’ failure to mandate that Georgia Power share in the financial risk on Vogtle, a project they proposed, has left consumers to foot the bill. The PSC should’ve been suspicious of a company selling a “great idea” without committing at all financially.
Georgia Power has avoided pretty much all of the financial reckoning of the Vogtle projects. Instead, billions of dollars in overruns and years of delays have been and will continue to be absorbed by Georgia consumers. Georgia Power has even tricked schools into covering up to $9,000 a month for them.
If you’re wondering why the PSC continues to let Georgia Power go through with Vogtle, it probably has something to do with the lobbyists wining and dining the PSC. A few months ago, the five members of the PSC, and some of their staff, got treated to a $7,700 meal paid for by several lobbyists for power and communications companies, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Although consumer advocacy groups have continually warned against the high costs being offset onto customers, rates have increased about $100 per year for the average residential household to cover Southern Company’s financing costs, and the PSC continues to approve them. The PSC has approved billions in cost overruns, as recently as last December, and all of it gets passed on to ratepayers.
Why do we continue to allow elected officials to answer to no one? We need to remind the PSC that they answer to us. Call or email the PSC Commissioners and demand that they stop making the public subsidize Georgia Power!
Chuck Eaton, Commissioner from District 3, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim Echols, Vice-chairman and Commissioner from District 2, (404) 656-415, email@example.com
Doug Everett, Commissioner from District 1, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, Commissioner from District 4, email@example.com
Stan Wise, Chairman and Commissioner from District 5, firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about the commission can be found here.
Give them a call at their Atlanta office at (404) 656-4501 if you’re in the metro Atlanta area and at (800) 282-5813 if you’re outside the metro Atlanta area.
Contact your commissioner today and tell them they need to hold Georgia Power accountable on behalf of all ratepayers. These delays and cost overruns are unacceptable.