The PSC continues to give Georgia Power the green light on Plant Vogtle. Georgia Power will rake in billions of dollars in profit because the PSC continues to allow the company to finance their failures on the backs of ratepayers. All of this despite many critics of Plant Votgle saying Georgia doesn’t even need more nuclear power.
Southern Company, one of the largest energy providers in the country, gave its CEO a 34 percent raise to $15.8 million, while Georgia Power, one of Southern Company’s subsidiaries, was busy offsetting costs on ratepayers.
In December, the PSC voted to allow the disaster that is Plant Vogtle to continue. Plant Vogtle is already four years behind schedule and billions of dollars over budget. The PSC also decided to continue to allow Georgia Power to offset its construction costs on its ratepayers, despite the plant being years from being functional.
Georgia Watch, a consumer advocacy group, petitioned for a rehearing and urged the commission to rethink their decision. One of the biggest decisions Georgia Watch wanted the PSC to reconsider was the decision to allow Georgia Power to start charging customers for Plant Vogtle’s first reactor before the entire project is completed.
But the PSC re-voted to keep their decision the same. Despite pushback and complaints, the PSC decided to continue to allow Georgia Power to offset the costs of the Plant Vogtle disaster onto ratepayers and avoid being accountable for the colossal failure it is.
Each of these commissioners is elected by a statewide election. If the conservative commissioners will not listen to us when we keep telling them to stop allowing Georgia Power to rob us to finance Plant Vogtle, then clearly we need to replace them.
This year we can show Chuck Eaton and Stan Wise, two of the five commissioners, that we don’t appreciate being used to keep Georgia Power’s pockets full. Even though Wise has already disclosed that he isn’t running for re-election, we can still show him what we think of his policies by electing someone who won’t make the same decisions he did.
We can hold Eaton and Wise accountable for the disastrous decisions they’ve made by pushing this failure forward.