Even the owners want out of the Plant Vogtle Boondoggle

Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Here’s the latest on the Plant Vogtle disaster from the AJC: The survival of those two new nuclear reactors under construction at Plant Vogtle just got more complicated. The electrical membership coop run by the city of Jacksonville, Fla., wants out of the deal. Here’s why that matters: Earlier this month, we got the news that the cost of the two reactors had gone up by $2.3 billion – only a few months after the state Public Service Commission approved the lower amount. The full price of the Vogtle upgrade is now $27 billion, double what was originally estimated and five years behind schedule. The increase requires investors in the project to re-affirm their decision to move forward by Sept. 30. Georgia…

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Today: Come to Solar-powered PSC candidate John Noel’s Earth Day Birthday Fundraiser!

\ John’s 47th birthday aptly falls on Earth Day. Come help him celebrate and raise funds for his statewide PSC campaign. Enjoy great food, live music, and lots of fun. Kids welcome. The event runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday at John’s solar-powered homestead in West Atlanta.2121B Hollywood Rd., Atlanta GA 30318 Event details Tickets   From the e-vite: Please join us at our home this Sunday to celebrate John’s 47th Earth Day Birthday. There will be wood-fire pizza and a salad made with locally grown produce. The Bee’s Knees cocktail will be made with honey from our own hives and garnished with mint from our garden. We will have Earth Day activities for the kids and live music…

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Solar-powered Georgia PSC candidate John Noel builds momentum, takes lead in cash on hand

When looking at Georgia Public Service Commission races, it’s no surprise to see utility money flowing into GOP incumbents’ coffers. It’s the way they play the game. The shocker this year is that environmentalist John Noel—who is definitely not counting on utility support in his bid to unseat Chuck Eaton—has the most cash on hand of any candidate, Democrat or Republican. With only three months to go before the primary, this should be especially alarming to the competition. Not only that, but the news follows a whirlwind day in Athens for Noel that included a half-dozen media interviews and an enthusiastic response to his message: Ruth Pannill, president of Young Democrats of UGA, saw Noel speak at the Athens-Clarke County Democrats meeting…

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Georgia’s solar-powered PSC candidate meets with Clayton County Democrats

Thursday evening, John Noel took a short trip to Clayton County and spoke to local Democrats, led by Clayton Board of Elections member Pat Pullar. In a spirited back and forth, he took more than a dozen questions about Georgia Power’s $25 billion Plant Vogtle, base charges, service charges, and deteriorating customer service especially in Georgia’s poorer/rural communities. There is a strong youth movement of politically involved and ambitious achievers who want to see more voter involvement and environmental sustainability in state and federal policies. He encouraged them to check out the knockout video about hi, “Sticking It to the Man.” With several candidates in attendance, including three for the state legislature, it looks like Clayton County will be humming this year!…

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PSC Candidate John Noel to Georgia Power: Give tax savings to consumers

As a result of the federal government’s recent corporate tax cuts effective this year, utilities will save millions of dollars on their tax bills. Many electric utilities are announcing plans to pass on recently-enacted federal tax cuts to their customers. The New York Times reports: In recent days, electric companies in Massachusetts, Illinois, Oregon and other states have announced plans to pass their tax cuts on to customers through lower rates. On Tuesday, Pepco, which provides power to nearly 300,000 customers in Washington, D.C., said it would cut rates beginning in the current quarter. But with Georgia Power and its parent, Southern Company, scrambling to find cash to complete the $25-billion-and-counting Plant Vogtle boondoggle near Augusta, you gotta wonder if they have other ideas…

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