After years of allowing Georgia Power to swindle its ratepayers to fund the Plant Vogtle disaster, the Public Service Commissioner is making the corporation send three $25 refunds to their ratepayers, right before the PSC’s 2018 elections.
The motion to approve continued investment in the nuclear project, authored by Tim Echols, includes this command:
“The Company will take a portion of the amounts received from the Toshiba Parent Guaranty and credit each customer with three $25 monthly credits to be received no later than the 3rd quarter of 2018. A line item on bills reading ‘Vogtle Settlement Refund’ will appear beside each refund.”
The demand that Georgia Power sends the credits during the 3rd quarter of 2018, means ratepayers should receive these credits around July, August and September. The credits appear to be a reminder to ratepayers that the PSC “puts them first” right before the election. Don’t be fooled — if we don’t elect someone new, who actually puts Georgians first, we’ll continue to be swindled by Big Energy.
Although Stan Wise, chairman of the PSC, is not seeking re-election, it’s likely he still wants to help control who’s elected in district 5 to replace him. Let’s not forget that Chuck Eaton, of District 3, is also up for re-election.
Georgia Power has been known to donate to political campaigns and have spent more than $200,000 since 2011 on entertaining lawmakers. Georgia Power’s lobbyists regularly pick up breakfast, lunch, dinner and bar tabs for PSC staff members.
What’s even scarier is that some executives have moved slickly and seamlessly between Georgia Power and state government. The former head of Georgia Power’s lobbying corps, Ed Holcombe, later spent four years as Gov. Sonny Perdue’s chief of staff. Chris Cummiskey, Deal’s former economic development commissioner, is now Georgia Power’s executive vice president for external affairs and nuclear development.
We cannot allow our commissioners to be bought by Georgia Power and our votes to be bought by the PSC.
We need to use these upcoming elections to replace the inept, unethical bureaucrats who currently head the PSC.