People are already hurting. These numbers are shocking. It’s evil to expand a rate plan they know harms vulnerable customers. How dare they claim to be a good community partner.
See relevant testimony here, page 48.
This rate increase is the 3rd largest in the nation, just behind two California utilities who are undergrounding their lines to reduce wildfire risks. The truth is Georgia Power is seeking these billions because of the cost of building two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle. Without this huge pot of new money Wall Street will downgrade Ga Power's credit ratings again - and already did but will further penalize the company for its failure to deliver -and Southern Company stock value will drop. Since the Ga PSC is responsible for approving Plant Vogtle they won’t let that happen.
What can you do? Raise the pressure on these elected officials by letting them know you are watching and will hold them accountable for their Dec. 20th vote at the next election.
Email them at email@example.com.
Tell them you want the net metering program expanded to support rooftop solar and you want them to protect you from Ga Power’s failures with Plant Vogtle by voting against this rate increase. Ask them to repeal the Smart Usage rate plan because you care about inequality and want them to protect the public from monopoly pricing abuse.
Even better than email: contact them on Twitter and Facebook. They will not like to be held accountable on social media where everyone can see. Let them know how you feel. That you are watching. That you know Echols and Johnson are up for election next year. And Pridemore in 24 and their vote Dec. 20 will determine your vote on their election.
@TPridemore (Trisha Pridemore)
@ShawforGeorgia (Jason Shaw)
@BubbaPSC (Bubba McDonald)
Public comment for rooftop solar was amazing! It was great to see the people who took the trouble to come down to the commission and be heard. To see some of the comments click here: https://youtu.be/FpaGb14UfP8.
Let’s keep the pressure up with your voice too.