Georgia Power has expansion plan

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ATLANTA --- Georgia Power filed a plan Friday that, if approved by state regulators, would nearly double the output of nuclear power at Plant Vogtle and could lead to one of the largest wood-burning biomass power plants in the country.

In a filing with the Public Services Commission, Georgia Power said adding two 1,100-megawatt nuclear reactors to the two existing reactors at Plant Vogtle would add $12 to customers' bills when the reactors come online in 2018.

The company estimates the units would save customers between $2 billion and $6.5 billion in generation costs during their lifetime when compared with similarly sized coal-powered units, and between $1 billion and $6.5 billion when compared with a natural gas-fired plant.

The expansion is estimated to cost about $14 billion, with Georgia Power paying 45.7 percent of the cost. Three other utilities -- Oglethorpe Power Corp., Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia and Dalton Utilities -- will pick up the rest of the tab.

The filing includes a request that regulators allow Georgia Power to add construction costs to customers' bills before work begins, which the company estimates could reduce construction costs by as much as 30 percent.

The Public Services Commission is expected to make a decision in March 2009, but the plan will need the go-ahead from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Opponents to the expansion say new reactors aren't needed and that the amount of water the reactors would draw from the Savannah River, estimated at 70 million to 80 million gallons a day, is ill-timed given the drought.

Environmental lobbyist Neil Herring said Georgia Power could buy additional capacity from out-of-state power companies at the Plant Scherer nuclear power plant near Macon, Ga.

"We could have plenty of low-cost power available instantly," Mr. Herring said.

He also said allowing the company to charge for construction before the reactors are in use gives little incentive for preventing cost overruns.

Reach Jake Armstrong at (404) 589-8424 or jake.armstrong@morris.com.

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i.b.e.w..electric
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i.b.e.w..electric 08/02/08 - 05:21 am
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for what this will do for our

for what this will do for our economy is well worth 12 dollars a month,it like the first construction of plant vogtle will benefit all sectors of buss.and both union and non unionconstruction as well.these envir. complain about everything ,we need electricity, and we are gonna need more in the future,they dont want nuclear ,hydro ,coal ,and just recently they complained about the windmills in kansas ruining the scenery,what do these people want ,candlepower.

Sir William
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Sir William 08/02/08 - 06:36 am
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I will pay an extra dollar a

I will pay an extra dollar a month if someone could arrange for a non-biased study of the environmental impacts.

eric stoner
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eric stoner 08/02/08 - 08:20 am
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Did I miss something?

Did I miss something? Where's the "wood-burning" part of this story?

sgachief
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sgachief 08/02/08 - 08:24 am
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i didn't know plant Scherer

i didn't know plant Scherer had been converted to nuclear.

rbk
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rbk 08/02/08 - 10:16 am
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i.b.e.w., the

i.b.e.w., the environmentalists are a bunch of hypocritical wackos. I doubt that they sleep out in the cold in the nude, but they don't want us to have clothes or houses or anything else that is man made or from natural forests. We might disturb some owls it we use wood to make houses or toilet paper, we will leave a carbon footprint if we manufacture synthetic clothes and materials, and don't forget PETA will get on our case if we take wool from animals! I worked with nuclear power on submarines and ships in the navy for 8 years and am convinced it is the way to go.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 08/03/08 - 09:35 am
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Plant Scherer is owned by GA

Plant Scherer is owned by GA Power, how are they supposed to buy power from themselves? Purchasing power from other utilities? Most are purchasing power from Ga Power and Southern Company. It seems as if someone who was ill informed has made another statement and been given creedence by AC without confirmation!

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Little Lamb 08/03/08 - 10:21 am
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Yes, we might be able to meet

Yes, we might be able to meet our near-term power needs by purchasing from out of state utilities, but the cost would be MUCH higher than building plants here in Georgia. Remember, if your electricity provider (Ga. Power, EMA, MEAG, etc.) buys its power instead of making it, you are supporting an unnecessary middle man, and that is making your final price be higher than necessary.

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