Gas cheaper than nuclear

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The recent news items of the approval of a 6 percent rate hike by Georgia Power Co., in addition to nearly $1 billion in cost overruns at Plant Vogtle construction, were disconcerting. The response from our governor was to blame environmental activists.

I think a more critical-thinking approach to root cause analysis would lead to a different conclusion. The question that should be asked initially is: Why are we building a new nuclear power plant? The recent dramatic drop in the cost of natural gas has caused many other states to rethink their initial assumption. The cost of electrical power from a nuclear plant is 10 cents per kilowatt hour, while power from a gas-fired plant costs only four cents per kilowatt hour (The Economist, June 1). Thus, plans to build nuclear plants in nine states in the Southeast and mid-Atlantic states were delayed or scrapped.

This prompts the question: Why is Georgia continuing to pursue construction of a high-cost generating plant, with all its typical cost overruns, when other states are building low-cost gas fired plants?

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corgimom
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corgimom 07/24/13 - 04:32 am
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"The recent dramatic

"The recent dramatic drop"

That says it all. What will the price of natural gas be in 10,15, 20 years?

carcraft
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carcraft 07/24/13 - 05:50 am
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Thank our President!!!

The current US Presidential administration is conducting a war on the production of hydrocarbon energy sources. Coal mines are closing; federal land permits for development are down, production on Federal land is down, etc. This is going to in the long run, drive oil, coal and natural gas prices up way up. http://energycommerce.house.gov/brand/new-report-chronicles-oil-and-gas-... . It is an insane policy but that leaves to three other sources of energy, Nuclear, wind or solar, guess which is the most reliable?

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 07/24/13 - 06:55 am
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Root Cause Analysis

Mr. Maleck's analysis did not reach the root cause. As stated above, when coal plants are gone or converted to gas, what will happen to the price? What environmental controls will be put on those plants like the ones driving coal plants to extinction? That leaves the three options that Carcraft has stated. Wind, unless you put windmills in D.C. you won't get enough energy to replace one plant! Solar, how many acres are you willing to give up for that farm? It would take thousands of acres of solar to equal 1 nuclear plant! Then what do you do on 90+ degree still summer overcast days in the south, when the wind isn't blowing, the politicians are out of office and there's no direct sunshine?
I'll take nuclear over that option any day!!

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 07/24/13 - 07:17 am
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I thought we were concerned
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I thought we were concerned about the environment? Why use such venom on the only viable, zero emission source of electricity?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/24/13 - 08:05 am
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Why is Georgia continuing to pursue construction? GA POWER
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Why is Georgia continuing to pursue construction? GA POWER

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/24/13 - 08:05 am
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Why is Georgia continuing to pursue construction? MONEY
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Why is Georgia continuing to pursue construction? MONEY

bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 07/24/13 - 08:05 am
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The last three posts says it

The last three posts says it all. No further comments needed.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/24/13 - 08:07 am
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Any construction delivers billions from which to "dip the beak".
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Any construction delivers billions from which to "dip the beak".

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/24/13 - 08:08 am
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Its just a 5% over run? 5% of 100 billion or 500 billion?
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Its just a 5% over run? 5% of 100 billion or 500 billion?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 07/24/13 - 09:45 am
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Didn't the President say that
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Didn't the President say that energy costs would "necessarily skyrocket?" You should welcome a more expensive form of energy as long as it's cleaner, right?

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 07/24/13 - 10:10 am
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Windmills

The total (actual) cost of wind power is 15 cents per kilowatt hour.....Why are we building these windmills ! I think these windmills are actually a devious plan to reduce the bird population.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 07/24/13 - 12:23 pm
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Quote from LTE

"The question that should be asked initially is: Why are we building a new nuclear power plant? The recent dramatic drop in the cost of natural gas has caused many other states to rethink their initial assumption."

The nuclear power plant will generate one heck of a lot of power. Natural gas is not ALL environmently friendly due to some fracking cause some ground water to be poluted !!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 07/24/13 - 12:26 pm
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Quote from LTE

"Why is Georgia continuing to pursue construction of a high-cost generating plant, with all its typical cost overruns, when other states are building low-cost gas fired plants?"

Natural gas is not renewable, so it makes sence to build more nuclear electric plants !!

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 07/24/13 - 08:47 pm
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Gas, a lot of hot air?
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Wow, this time most folks get it! Gas is a usefull tool, but if we over use it it will not last. Nuclear is long term and stable in cost. President Carter steered us off nuclear a long time ago because he was an idiot. We need leaders who understand energy needs in the USA. Nuclear is ready to build even better units if we want to have the lights on at 3AM.

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Bizkit 07/24/13 - 09:54 pm
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The president has already

The president has already stated his agenda to drive prices up to "encourage" people to use less fossil fuels. You can't legislate people to be more green but you can reduce their options to generate the desired outcome.Part of the progressive agenda to "encourage" certain behaviors but punish you for others. Obama has been outspoken about his willingness to make certain sacrifices in the economy, etc. for an ideological achievement. That is an indisputable fact which should make most people really question a person who would intentional inflict a hardship or burden all for some silly ideological goal. If you don't you are misguided.

Darby
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Darby 07/25/13 - 01:26 am
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"It is an insane policy but that leads to

three other sources of energy, Nuclear, wind or solar, guess which is the most reliable?"

And the most cost efficient.... not to mention realistic.

Gas IS cheaper than nuclear. For the moment. Plan ahead folks...

Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/25/13 - 09:28 am
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There is renewable natural

There is renewable natural gas-biogas. Natural gas still wins. I've always supported nuclear energy but since no one wants the waste byproducts (no Yucca mtn, etc) then it seems the best way isn't going to work.

Darby
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Darby 07/25/13 - 11:13 am
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"it seems the best way isn't going to work."

Actually, in the final analysis, the best way ALWAYS works. The best way being the way that make true economic sense.

It's just that sometimes it takes decades of harsh reality to push the "best" way past the political reactionaries and obstructionists.

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