Georgia Power parent company might build another nuke plant

Monday, July 27, 2009 4:41 PM
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Southern Company, which operates Plant Vogtle near Augusta, might build another nuclear generating plant and could initiate licensing requests as early as 2011.

“The forecast date is 2011, but that is an early estimate to support some long-range planning,” company spokeswoman Beth Thomas said. “We’re not committed to submit in the 2011 time frame.”

In addition to Vogtle, Southern Company also operates nuclear Plant Hatch in Baxley, Ga.; and the Farley Plant near Dothan, Ala.

Ms. Thomas said it would be premature to discuss site locations for a new plant.

“We are continuing to evaluate our needs, so we’re not really far enough along in the proces to determine when or where,” she said. “Our major focus right now remains on the Plant Vogtle project and we’re continiong to work through the licensing effort.”

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is in the final strages of evaluating Southern’s application for an early site permit and combined operating license that would allow construction of two additional reactors at Vogtle.

Approval of an early site permit is expected this year and the project could receive its combined license in 2011. The new units, to be manufactured by Westinghouse, could be online in 2016 or 2017.

Ms. Thomas said factors that will influence the eventual decision on a new plant will include energy demand, population growth in the region and service area and the availability of financing.

Obtaining permits for new nuclear plants is similar to the process already under way for the Vogtle expansion, NRC spokesman Roger Hannah said.

“There would be a combined operating license review process, regardless of whether it was a new site or old site,” he said. “In addition, there are a lot of other things besides our review that go into these projects such as water permits, infrastructure, all the things that go with a large industrial facility.”

Typically, nuclear plant sites built with current technology require a amount of water—a lake, river, reservoir or even the ocean.

Such plants also are usually located reasonably close to population centers that create the energy demand.

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woodymeister
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woodymeister 07/27/09 - 05:31 pm
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Wow...something else to raise

Wow...something else to raise our current rates. The power companies are like the railroad - monopolies. The power companies also have the Public Service Commission to protect their interests. Look for more lawsuits like Fulton County has with GA Power - we are all tired of paying to build the facilities and then paying for the final product. Pay for it yourselves GA Power!

dashiel
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dashiel 07/27/09 - 05:43 pm
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You got that right,

You got that right, woodymeister. Ain't privatization grand? If the Democrats had thought of it, it would be called socialism.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/27/09 - 06:10 pm
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Go to California where they

Go to California where they have rolling blackouts because they don't have enough capacity, you'll feel differently. You can either pay up front to build the facilities or pay interest for years to come, IF they can get financing- and right now, they can't. Power companies found out that when they tried to build first, charge later, they nearly went broke due to lack of cash because it takes so long to build them. It has nothing to do with socialism, monopolies, or the PSC.

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scorehouse 07/27/09 - 06:29 pm
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i think they will try to
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i think they will try to create a new financial vehicle to fund the plant. a nuclear energy trust where dividends are paid off the top on power sold. so be smart, buy shares, then you will be getting a rebate every time you use power from the plant.

FedupwithAUG
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FedupwithAUG 07/27/09 - 07:49 pm
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Now that they are collecting

Now that they are collecting intrest money and they have not even spent a dollar they want to build another one.

Tujeez1
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Tujeez1 07/28/09 - 01:09 am
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When you've got plenty of

When you've got plenty of money and are starving to death, five dollars is a fair price to pay for a sandwich...

Tujeez1
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Tujeez1 07/28/09 - 01:15 am
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I know most of you won't

I know most of you won't understand that last post. Let me put it this way.....All of you who want to complain, just call the power company and have them pull your meter, since you can provide yourself with cheaper electricity. Hell, maybe you can even live without it....then you won't have to worry about monopolies, the Public Service Commission and paying all of that interest.

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