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Georgia Power Suspends Study for Nuclear Plant Near Columbus Georgia Power is suspending its study of a site near Columbus for a new nuclear power plant. March 3, 2017, LUMPKIN, Ga. (AP

In a letter Wednesday to the Georgia Public Service Commission, the utility told officials that the proposed nuclear plant in Stewart County would not be needed as soon as previously expected.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ( reports that the preliminary study was expected to cost $99 million. Georgia Power says halting the study “is unlikely to delay the ability to deploy new nuclear when needed by customers.”

While the Atlanta-based utility cited demand forecasts, the decision also comes as Georgia Power’s parent Southern Co. face more financial uncertainty around an ongoing nuclear expansion project at the Vogtle (VOH’gohl) nuclear plant near Augusta, where two new reactors are under construction.

March 4, 2017 - Posted by | business and costs, USA

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  1. The Nuclear Construction Cost Recovery tariff must be revised and independent assessment of opportunity costs must be properly conducted before another NPP is undertaken in Georgia. Only proven designs should be undertaken. “First of a kind” costs and risk should not be passed on to ratepayers like the AP1000. If Molten Salt or Liquid Fluoride Thorium Prototype Reactors are pursued, investors supplemented by government funding should be used to support initial construction and testing; not ratepayers of a specific utility.

    Comment by Concerned GA Rstepayer | March 4, 2017 | Reply

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