Groups seek to block new law allowing rate hike for Vogtle job

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 11:54 AM
Last updated 12:03 PM
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ATLANTA — Opponents of a new law that would allow Georgia Power to charge ratepayers early for the construction of two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro are trying to block the measure in court.

An environmental group and a conservative foundation have filed separate lawsuits in Fulton County Superior Court challenging the law.

Gov. Sonny Perdue signed the measure into law in April. The utility says that allowing it to raise rates beginning in 2011 will shave roughly $300 million of the Plant Vogtle expansion's $14 billion price tag.

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy said in its lawsuit that it forces ratepayers to pick up the tab for "an untested technology with extraordinary costs."

And the Fulton County Taxpayers Foundation said the rate hike amounts to an unconstitutional "tariff."


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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 07/14/09 - 12:10 pm
I wondered when the Forest

I wondered when the Forest Gumps would show up!

mad_max 07/14/09 - 04:23 pm
Forest Gumps....oh I don't

Forest Gumps....oh I don't know. When you think about it from the sarcastic humor side I think they have a valid argument to be at least heard in court. I mean, historically companies produced a product and THEN took our money. Surely you do not believe that GA Power will give us a break on the price of electricity because we paid for the plant up front. And if things go as usual, most of the power will probably be sold on the grid out of state anyway. Forest Gumps....good luck in court. I believe the Utility Commission, the legislature, and the Governor are all getting GA Power kickbacks and campaign donations.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 07/14/09 - 08:53 pm
Usually you have to show that

Usually you have to show that you have suffered financial harm before a judge will allow a lawsuit to proceed. The only financial harm these plaintiffs have suffered is the money they paid to their lawyers to file these baseless lawsuits.

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