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Since 2003, GIPL has inspired people of faith to care about energy choices being made on our behalf here in Georgia. As engaged citizens, we commit to learning more about how energy is generated and becoming more aware about how we use energy as customers. Georgia’s energy issues are a matter of both justice and stewardship, whether we are generating energy from coal, natural gas, nuclear or renewable sources.

Currently five years behind schedule and more than $6 billion over budget, Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4 are the only nuclear units still under construction in the United States.

While Georgia Power continues to profit off of project delays, its customers—both residential and commercial, including churches, temples, mosques, schools, hospitals and other community organizations—will be forced to pay for this delayed project with higher electric bills for decades as a result.

Georgians, especially individuals and families struggling to stay on top of their monthly bills, should not be forced to bear this enormous financial burden, especially for a project that is years away from generating electricity. The average household has already paid over $500 in extra fees on its electric bill towards this failed project, and no one has yet received any electricity generated from this power plant.

In 2017, the Georgia Public Service Commission approved the revised cost and schedule, continuing to allow Georgia Power to escape responsibility for problems of its own making and passing along the risk to Georgia citizens and utility customers. GIPL believes there are viable alternatives to the problem of Plant Vogtle, though.

Cleaner, Cheaper Alternatives:

Since the project was approved in 2009, Georgia’s energy picture has changed dramatically and electricity demand has not grown as originally projected. In the meantime, over a gigawatt of solar power has been added to Georgia’s grid.

Georgia’s reduced energy demands can more cheaply and responsibly be met through additional solar investments and greater efficiency measures, providing significant bill savings for utility customers.

The prudent way forward is to cancel, or pause, this risky project—and to invest in energy saving programs and local solar power that will lower bills for all Georgians.

GIPL advocates for investments in energy efficiencies for all customers, especially for low- to middle-income residents. Additionally, we demand that Georgia Power increase its commitment to providing clean, affordable renewable energy for its customers (currently less than 2% of their energy portfolio). Investments such as these are more affordable and safer for all Georgians.

We hope the following resources will help to educate others in the faith community about the moral implications of throwing billions of Georgians’ hard earned dollars on this wasteful project, and to inform ongoing discussions with your congregation, community leaders, and state legislators about a better energy future for Georgia.

Web Resources:

Southern Environmental Law Center: Plant Vogtle Nuclear Expansion

Groups Intervene in Vogtle Cost Proceedings

Public Service Commission Stiffs Georgia Power Customers, Greenlights Plant Vogtle Cost Increases

Groups Challenge Georgia Public Service Commission’s Approval of Plant Vogtle Cost Increases

Reports/Fact Sheets:

All Risk, No Reward: The True Cost of Plant Vogtle for Georgians

New report shows solar, energy efficiency outcompete nuclear in meeting Georgia’s energy needs

Plant Vogtle is a Bad Deal for Georgians: In 5 Numbers

Media Coverage:

Atlanta Business Chronicle: Plant Vogtle expansion gets green light to continue

AJC: Consumer groups demand more details from Georgia Power on Vogtle

The Florida-Times Union: JEA issues ultimatum to Plant Vogtle co-owner: Walk away from nuclear project

Energy Wire: Focus Shifts to Smaller Owners as Vogtle Costs Rise Again

Greentech Media: Georgia Power CEO: Completing Vogtle reactors is the “Best Economic Choice”

Post and Courier: Georgia Power Knew for Years about Nuclear Contractors Flaws that Doomed S.C. Project

Savannah Morning News: Commission Debating Fate Of Plant Vogtle Expansion

Augusta Chronicle: Georgia Power Grilled During Hearings about Vogtle Reactor’s Costs

Greentech Media: Georgia Regulators May Decide Vogtle’s Fate Before Year’s End

AJC: Decision on Fate of Plant Vogtle Might Come by the End of the Month

Marietta Daily Journal: Georgia Power Should not Get a Customer Bailout

Augusta Chronicle: Dear PSC: Give customers electric bill relief this holiday, not debt

EcoWatch: Betraying Ratepayers and Clean Energy Future, Georgia Panel Approves Vogtle Nuclear Reactors

Augusta Chronicle: PSC decision on Vogtle reactors will increase customers’ bills

AJC: PSC decision on Georgia Power’s Vogtle challenged in court

Savannah Morning News: Groups go to Court to Fight Public Service Commission’s Approval of Plant Vogtle Cost Increases

Augusta Chronicle: Petition Filed challenging PSC’s decision on Vogtle reactors