Lawmaker Davis says e-mails support Vogtle finance plan

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009 1:13 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 9:10 PM
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ATLANTA -- Augusta’s legislative delegation might have been more plugged in than most into the debate on how to finance construction of two reactors at Plant Vogtle.

Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Evans, presented Senate Bill 31 to the House this morning, which would allow Georgia Power Co. to charge customers for the reactors during construction.

Mr. Harbin told his colleagues that he worked along side his father on the construction of the first two reactors at the nuclear-power plant.

And Rep. Hardie Davis, D-Gracewood, spent the morning during debate of the bill reading e-mails from constituents. When debate began, he said he sent an e-mail to his list of 3,000 constituents asking their advice.

“I have received comments from my constituents back home, almost 4 to 1 in favor of this, and these are folks -- from the everyday citizen to business people alike -- who are also supportive of expanding it,” Mr. Davis said. “I sent it out just to test the waters to see what our folks who have sent me here to represent them were thinking.”

He contends his votes are usually in synch with the e-mails he gets.

Asked if any other issues generated as many e-mails as SB 31, Mr. Davis said only the future of the Coliseum Authority. But he said he isn’t expecting any legislation regarding the authority this legislative session.

“Prior to the legislative session it was my understanding that it was not an issue that was high on everybody’s list. I’m still under that impression,” he said. “No one has told me otherwise.”

Mr. Davis wants more people from his district to get on his e-mail list. Anyone interested can contact him at

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dashiel 02/26/09 - 02:36 pm
Sounds about as scientific as

Sounds about as scientific as a groundhog. Surely no one suspects high-paid Georgia Power lobbyists are involved. (Git you some chicken, son. Howbout a clubhouse badge?)

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Designated Hitter 02/26/09 - 03:48 pm
Most people are thinking

Most people are thinking JOBS. 4000 on site during construction and another 900 to run the plant. I think many people will get excited about this!

DMac_357 02/26/09 - 03:53 pm
I'm not real read up on this

I'm not real read up on this issue but is this how business is done? GA Power wants the customer to help pay for construction of the reactor. I understand that most businesses pass on fees to the consumer but I've never heard of passing on construction costs to the consumer in this fashion. What happens when construction is complete? When do the power bills come back down or does GA Power get to keep customers paying the higher rate forever?

joebowles 02/26/09 - 04:33 pm
This is a decision to free

This is a decision to free ourselves from dependency on foreign oil!! Not to mention the millions of other reasons for as opposed to the misinformation about the dangers.

2bBob 02/26/09 - 05:49 pm
I think there should have

I think there should have been a stipulation requiring Georgia Power to buy back excess solar power produced by homeowners with solar panels. A tax break for people installing those panels wouldn't hurt either. It works to the benefit of the utility and the consumers. But without a free-spending lobby to buy the votes, er, I mean to support the idea it will never make it onto the floor.

afadel 02/26/09 - 05:59 pm
Where are the free market

Where are the free market advocates here? If private nuclear power plant companies can't produce electricity competitively, why should we the consumers subsidize them?

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