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November 27, 2023 – (ATLANTA) – The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners has named Georgia PSC Commissioner Tim Echols to chair the Nuclear Waste Subcommittee.
The NARUC Subcommittee will bring the brightest minds in nuclear energy to three national conferences each year. Commissioner Echols says there will be a focus on small modular reactors.
“SMRs hold great promise for the US and our climate goals,” Echols said. “It’s my hope that the federal government can reapportion part of the Inflation Reduction Act money to be used as a federal backstop against cost overruns that are likely to result in building new nuclear.”
October 12, 2023 – (ATLANTA) – The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners has named Georgia PSC Commissioner Fitz Johnson to chair a new committee — the Task Force on Natural Gas Resource Planning.
The task force was established to provide utility regulators across the county with tools, expertise and platforms to share information as they create energy policy for their respective states.
“I am honored to be chosen to lead this task force of 20 regulators from across the nation,” Johnson said. “Georgia has a long history of developing rational and successful policy for complex problems. I pledge to work my hardest to ensure Georgia keeps its solid reputation as a policy leader as this task force helps individual states create solutions for their natural gas resource challenges.”
August 30, 2023 – (ATLANTA) – The Public Service Commission’s Public Interest Advocacy (PIA) Staff and Georgia Power have reached an agreement where – if adopted by the PSC Commissioners – all issues of Plant Vogtle prudency review would be resolved.
The proposed stipulation would cap the recovery from ratepayers of all capital construction costs for Units 3 and 4 at Plant Vogtle at $7.562 billion. This is a significant reduction from the $10.188 billion Georgia Power has said it expects to have spent by the time Vogtle Units 3 and 4 come into commercial operation. If adopted by the Commissioners, Georgia Power ratepayers would save $2.626 billion.
Prudency intervenors that signed the proposed stipulation include Georgia Watch, Georgia Interfaith Power and Light, Partnership for Southern Equity, and the Georgia Association of Manufacturers.
July 20, 2023 – (ATLANTA) – The Public Service Commission has unanimously elected Commissioner Jason Shaw as Chairman of the Commission. His two-year term as Chairman begins on July 22.
He succeeds Commissioner Tricia Pridemore in the role. Pridemore, while continuing her duties as a Georgia PSC Commissioner, will also serve as the president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Her tenure in that role begins in 2024.
January 12, 2023 – (ATLANTA) The Georgia Public Service Commission will hold a portrait hanging ceremony for Chuck Eaton, a Fulton County Superior Court Judge and former Chairman of the PSC, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
The unveiling of the portrait will take place in the hallway outside the Commission Hearing Room, 244 Washington Street, Room 110.
Judge Eaton is the second former PSC Chairman to be honored with a portrait in the Commission’s hall. In 2021, former Chairman David Burgess was honored with a portrait unveiling. Chairman Burgess was the first African American to serve as a Commissioner.