Fran Millar’s pro-Georgia Power vote still hurting ratepayers

Photo credit above (AP) Jonathan Grant @Brambleman I wrote a post earlier today about a pack of Georgia legislators who are getting antsy about Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle and they want cost caps,  so they wrote a letter. SB 31: All politics is local You know who didn’t sign the letter? My state senator, but then again, I’ve never thought of him as pro-consumer. In 2009, then-State Rep. Fran Millar voted in favor of SB31, Georgia Power’s infamous enabling legislation that overrode the Public Service Commission in order to make ratepayers pay Plant Vogtle costs in advance of completion. The utility captured the regulatory process. Taking the risk off Georgia Power was a big mistake. It affected their decision-making process, since the company…

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Georgia legislators attempt to flee Plant Vogtle’s monumental cost overruns

Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Big old mess in the middle of the swamp. Twenty-two legislators have written a letter calling on the folks inflicting Georgia Power’s nuclear Plant Vogtle on us to cap the costs. This on top of partners wanting out of the project–even after the Georgia Legislature, PSC, and even the Feds have given Georgia Power everything it wanted in the way of tax breaks, corporate welfare, and other people’s money. Read more.  Anyway, the trouble-plagued (how much does it cost now? $27 billion? $30 billion?) nuclear power plant near Augusta just became a bigger political issue. AJC’s Political Insider points out: The letter is somewhat ironic, given that in 2009, it was the Legislature that went over the heads of…

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Georgia women take two different paths to claim Democratic PSC nominations

Above: Selfie of victorious PSC Democrats Lindy Miller (Post 3) and Dawn Randolph (Post 5) I found this historic photo on Dawn Randolph’s Twitter page. Democrat Lindy Miller ran against two men and won with nearly 2/3 of the vote in the Georgia Public Service Commission Post 3 race. Fellow Dem Dawn Randolph faced one man and took more than 3/4 of ballots cast for Post 5. Lindy committed heavily to fundraising and ran a well-financed campaign with money for Atlanta TV ads, which do not come cheap. Dawn, who’s run for the PSC before, had a shoestring campaign, raising just a few thousand dollars. Republican Commissioners Chuck Eaton and Tricia Pridemore have campaigns financed by utility interests. Lindy and Dawn do…

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We need to talk about Jon Ossoff’s endorsement of Lindy Miller

Jonathan Grant @Brambleman on Twitter After watching the video, I don’t know what Georgia Public Service Commission candidate Lindy Miller did to earn Jon Ossoff’s endorsement—or even how much it’s worth these days—but it deserves some discussion. First of all, Miller calls Jon Ossoff “one of my favorite leaders in Georgia.” I like Jon, too (I spent hundreds of hours trying to flip the Sixth District last year), but I wouldn’t call him a leader just yet. But hey, we tried! In his endorsement of Miller, who’s running against John Noel and Johnny White in Georgia’s May 22 Democratic PSC Primary, Ossoff talks about sustainability like it’s maybe a bad thing, but Lindy Miller will save it! This is tacit acknowledgment that Noel…

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Statewide media coverage for solar-powered Georgia PSC candidate John Noel

Unlike his opponents, Noel is running a statewide campaign for a seat on the Georgia Public Service Commission. Talking to farmers in Vidalia and city residents in Savannah, he’s hearing the same thing — people feel neglected by Atlanta politicians who don’t get out and listen to the people.  If they did, rural broadband and Georgia Power’s customer service would be bigger issues. One Toombs County onion farmer told John, “Politicians in Atlanta don’t care about anyone south of I-16.” His efforts have paid off with earned media coverage and new contacts. It’s important to have a running start at this November’s general election, and he’s the candidate with a base in rural Georgia to build on.   Click the links and take…

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