Stacey Evans, Stacey Abrams statements on Georgia PSC Plant Vogtle decision

From the Twitterverse What Vogtle decision? The one today that told Georgia Power to keep building, with no cost cap. It’s at $25 billion and counting, and several years behind schedule, but Get ‘er done! Article here. Stacey Abrams tweeted her statement out today. Greg Bluestein tweeted Stacy Abrams’ statement. Both presented with minimal editing. For Georgia Public Service Commission candidate John Noel‘s statement, click here. Previously, the two Democratic gubernatorial candidates had seemed to diverge. In today’s statements, Evans stays true to form and Abrams shifts left, perhaps realizing her previous response left something to be desired. She’s still all about those workers.   Stacey Evans In my law career, I’ve forced companies that fleeced the taxpayer to pay up, and…

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Stacey Abrams, Stacey Evans differ on Plant Vogtle and the horse it rode in on

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman The ajc’s Greg Bluestein just published an interesting article on Vogtle politics. He tries to run through the races that Vogtle impacts, mentioning Public Service Commission seats, noting that John Noel said he would “speak truth to power.”  Meaning this. Noel has been blasting the commission and its chairman, Stan “Swamp Thing” Wise, since he announced his candidacy back in May. Not in the article, but noteworthy: All five PSC members have endorsed David Shafer’s bid to become Lieutenant  Governor. Shafer voted in favor of Senate Bill 31, the enabling—and I mean that in the worst way—legislation for Plant Vogtle and its cost overruns. If Shafer is elected Lieutenant Governor, we can expect Georgia Power’s initiatives to move smoothly through the…

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Hot mic: John Noel’s outlaw testimony at the Georgia Public Service Commission

FREE JOHN NOEL!  (OK, he hasn’t been arrested yet.) When John Noel showed up to speak as a public witness Monday at the Georgia Public Service Commission, Chairman Stan Wise cut him off, claiming that, as a PSC candidate he had “other forums.” Noel was irritated at the censorship. He’d spoken at the PSC several times before, as a legislator, later as an energy-efficiency expert, and most recently in June—as a PSC candidate. So what happened between June and now? Well, there was this. Needless to say, Wise is not a big fan of Noel, who wants to take the PSC seat of the chairman’s buddy, Chuck Eaton. Not to be denied, Noel took matters into his own hands and produced a…

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Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle, a slam-dunk 2 weeks ago, now looks like an own-goal

By Jonathan Grant On Twitter: @Brambleman  We may be seeing the Plant Vogtle expansion dying before our eyes. Jacksonville Electric Authority wants out. Georgia’s muncipal electrics and EMCs want Georgia Power’s customers to shoulder cost overruns, of which there will be many. The PSC staff says Vogtle shouldn’t be completed unless shareholders assume the risk. The PSC wants to vote “go” or “no-go” before the end of the year, because cancellation carries $150 million in tax benefits.   Here’s the latest.

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Georgia PSC chairman Stan Wise hates John @NoelforPSC and showed it

John Noel showed up to speak at a Georgia Public Service Commission meeting today, ready to talk solar and conservation but mainly no Vogtle. He was not allowed. So he look a picture (above). Vogtle is the subject up for debate at the commission. The commissioners haven’t really been debating Vogtle, of course. Shoulda, but instead the five merry Republicans have been rubber-stamping utility requests like Harpo Marx. Commissioners are so deep in bed with Georgia Power/Vogtle that they’ve been reaching over and shutting off the company’s alarm clock every morning for years. Now, a wake-up call. Or two. Hell, make it twenty-five billion. Despite gaming the system completely and constantly getting its way at the Commission and Georgia General Assembly, Southern Company…

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