And Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle, the only nuclear plant under construction in the US, is now 7 years behind schedule and $14 billion over budget, making it the most expensive power plant ever built on Earth. Management failures and poor performance from Ga. Power are well documented by independent Vogtle monitor Donald Grace, June 2020 PSC testimony (pages 4-11) found here.
Bills, not rates
Ga Power likes to say their rates are 11% below the national average. Yet Georgia is 5th from the bottom in low cost of living for U.S. state rankings. 45 states are more expensive. Georgia Power rates should be far less than only 11% below the national average. They should be 90% below the national average. Furthermore, people don’t pay rates. They pay bills. And Georgia Power bills are well above the national average. Even people in California pay smaller bills than Georgians do for a variety of reasons, highest among them: their state commissions take their responsibility to bill affordability seriously. Bill affordability are rankings you should concern yourself with.
Please do better. Thank you.”
Thanks for reading and for being a supporter. Let me know if you have any questions or thoughts. I hope reading my comments to the Ga Public Service Commission has been helpful. There are numerous reasons why the commissioners aren’t protecting people from monopoly profit seeking and aren’t accelerating clean energy as they should. This email is already long, so I will write more about that in next week’s email.
There will be more hearings in November and more public pressure to accelerate rooftop and community solar will help.