2013 News Releases

Georgia Solar Energy Association Recognizes Georgia Public Service Commission as Solar Advocates of the Year

ATLANTA, December 20, 2013 – The Georgia Solar Energy Association (GSEA) honored the Public Georgia Public Service Commission (Commission) as Solar Advocates of the Year during a luncheon in Atlanta. Commissioners Lauren "Bubba" McDonald, Jr., Doug Everett, Chuck Eaton, and Tim Echols were on hand to receive the recognition on behalf of the Commission. "All Commissioners are honored to receive this award from GSEA. As the price of solar has dropped dramatically, there have been more opportunities to include solar in a diversified portfolio," said Chuck Eaton.

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Commission Approves Reduction in Georgia Power Rate Request; Increases Senior Citizen Discount

ATLANTA, December 17, 2013 – The Georgia Public Service Commission (Commission) today unanimously approved a settlement in the Georgia Power Company (Company) rate case that will save electric consumers $573 million over a three year period (based upon the Company's initial requested amount.) It will also increase the Senior Citizen Discount by $4 a month, keep electric rates affordable, protect reliability of service and allow the Company to recover the cost of compliance with federally mandated pollution controls. The Commission approved the settlement signed by the Commission's Public Interest Advocacy Staff, the Company, and 11 of the 13 intervenors in the case in Docket 36989.

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Commission Approves Improvements in the Atlanta Gas Light Pipeline Distribution System to Promote Economic Development

ATLANTA, December 12, 2013 -- As part of its essential role to promote economic development in Georgia, the Georgia Public Service Commission today unanimously approved two agreements for improvements in the Atlanta Gas Light Company natural gas pipeline distribution system.

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Commissioner Wise News Release: Federal Court Orders DOE to Stop Collecting Fees for Nuclear Waste Disposal
ATLANTA, November 20, 2013— Commissioner Stan Wise, who has testified on nuclear waste disposal before Congress and before the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, agrees with National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) that the Court of Appeals’ decision is “great news for consumers of nuclear power,” who have paid more than $30 billion nationwide since 1983 for a permanent nuclear waste disposal site. Georgia ratepayers have paid over $1 billion into the Nuclear Waste Fund or around $30 million per year.

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Consumer Advisory: It Is Time to Prepare for Winter Heating Season
ATLANTA, October 22, 2013 – The Georgia Public Service Commission reminds consumers it is time to begin preparing for the upcoming winter heating season by ensuring their heating systems are ready, checking current natural gas plans and becoming knowledgeable of their rights and responsibilities when it comes to paying those winter heating bills. “Now is the time for Georgians to prepare for the upcoming winter season before the cold temperatures are upon us,” said Commission Chairman Chuck Eaton.

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Commission Approves Charge on Lifeline Telephone Service;Approves Plant Vogtle Expenditures

ATLANTA, October 15, 2013 – The Georgia Public Service Commission (Commission) today approved by a majority 3-2 vote a revised rule proposed by Commissioner Doug Everett that would affect telephone service provided under the federal Lifeline program in Docket 35537.

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Commission Approves Agreement On Georgia Power Eighth Plant Vogtle Construction Monitoring Report

ATLANTA, September 3, 2013 – The Georgia Public Service Commission (Commission) today approved by a unanimous vote a stipulated agreement to resolve several issues in Georgia Power Company’s (Company) Eighth Semi-Annual Vogtle Construction Monitoring Report in Docket 29849. On a motion by Commissioner Doug Everett, the Commission adopted the agreement signed by the
Company and the Commission Public Interest Advocacy (PIA) Staff on July 30, 2013.

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Commission Approves Atlanta Gas Light Company Vintage Plastic Pipe Replacement Program; Safety and Reliability at the Forefront

ATLANTA, August 6, 2013 – The Georgia Public Service Commission (Commission) today unanimously approved an Atlanta Gas Light Company (AGLC) program to replace 756 miles of so-called vintage plastic pipe over the next four years. (Docket number 29950) The Commission approved a stipulated agreement between the Company and Commission staff which provides
that the cost of the program will be phased in over the next three years to mitigate the impact on natural gas consumers. The program, known as the Integrated Vintage Plastic Replacement Program (i-VPR), will have an estimated total cost of $275 million.

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McDonald Named to Executive Committee of the Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition

Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, Jr. has been named to the Executive Committee of the Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition, an ad hoc organization representing the collective interests of state utility regulators, state attorneys general, consumer advocates, electric utilities, local governments, tribes, and associate members on nuclear waste policy matters.

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Statement of Commissioner Doug Everett on the Start of Operation of First Commercial CNG Fueling Station Under PSC Approved Program

GeorgiaPublic Service Commission member Doug Everett issued the following statement today on the start of the operation of the first commercial compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station under the Commission
approved Atlanta Gas Light Company CNG Program. Langdale Fuel will operate the station in Valdosta, Georgia and will offer public access to CNG vehicles by adding two fueling islands at the existing station at 1628 James P. Rogers Drive.

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PSC Approves Agreement to Resolve Georgia Power 2013 Integrated Resource Plan and Expands Use of Solar Energy

ATLANTA,July 11, 2013 – The Georgia Public Service Commission (Commission) today approved by a 4-1 vote a stipulated agreement to resolve all issues in the Georgia Power Company (Company) 2013 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) filed in Docket 36498 and Application for Certification of Its Demand Side Management (DSM) Plan in Docket 36499. The Commission also approved by a vote of 3-2 a motion proposed by Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, Jr., that Georgia Power include in this IRP an additional 525 Megawatts (MW) of new solar generation.

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Commissioner Tim Echols Reports on Study of German Energy Policies

ATLANTA, July 1, 2013 – Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols spent a week in Germany June 22nd to 29th as a guest of the German government. Echols said he was joined by five other officials from around the country to observe first-hand the energy transition the Germans call “Energiewende.”

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PSC Will Review Georgia Power Company Rate Filing

ATLANTA, June 28, 2013 – The Georgia Public Service Commission (Commission) is reviewing the Georgia Power Company (Company) request for an increase in its base rates filed with the Commission today. (DocketNumber 36989). The Commission will begin the first round of hearings on the Company’s request on October 1, 2013 and hold additional hearings on November 5, 2013 and on November 25, 2013. The Commission is scheduled to issue a decision on the request on December 17, 2013. Georgia law (O.C.G.A. §46-2-25) requires the Commission to issue a decision on the Company’s rate request five months from the effective date of the proposed new rates.

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Georgia Public Service Commission Votes on Release of Utility Scale RFP For the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative Program

ATLANTA, May 10, 2013–This week, the Georgia Public Service Commission (Commission) took the next step in solar energy development in Georgia by voting unanimously for Georgia Power Company to solicit bids for 60 MWs of solar generation to go on line in 2015.

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Southern Co's largest utility unit, Georgia Power, confirmed that an explosion occurred

Southern Co's largest utility unit, Georgia Power, confirmed that an explosion occurred on Thursday afternoon at the 3,166-megawatt Plant Bowen coal-fired station in Bartow County, northwest of Atlanta.

The company said the explosion took place at Bowen Unit 2, which was being shut for maintenance work, according to a post on Twitter.

The company reported four minor injuries, with one person treated at a local hospital.

An investigation of the explosion was underway.

See the Georgia Power Advisory below for more information:


Incident at Georgia Power's Plant Bowen

The Bartow County Sheriff's Office has been notified of an incident at Georgia Power's Plant Bowen, 317 Covered Bridge Rd SW, Euharlee, GA 30120. Georgia Power is in charge of the scene at this time. EMA Director, Chief Craig Millsap, advised they are attempting to release non-essential employees on scene at this time. Georgia Power will have a Public Information Officer on scene later this evening.

Georgia PSC Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, Jr., Is Appointed Vice-Chair of Nuclear Waste Subcommittee

ATLANTA, March 28, 2013–Georgia Public Service Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, Jr., has been appointed Vice-Chair of NARUC’s Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues—Waste Disposal.  One role of the  Subcommittee is to work with the Administration, Congress and stakeholder organizations to ensure that the funds collected for long-term disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste will be used for that purpose.

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Georgia PSC Approves AGLC's USF Facilities Expansion Plan for 2012 and 2013 and Five More Line-Extension Projects

ATLANTA, March 19, 2013—Today, the Georgia Public Service Commission unanimously approved Atlanta Gas Light Company’s (AGLC) Universal Service Fund (USF) Facilities Expansion Plan for 2012 and 2013.

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Georgia Public Service Commission Approves Settlement with AGLC

ATLANTA, March 5, 2013–Today, the Georgia Public Service Commission approved a settlement with Atlanta Gas Light Company (AGLC) and voted to split the money between two non-profit organizations.

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Georgia Public Service Commission Adopts Telephone Lifeline Rules

ATLANTA, January 15, 2013—Today, on a 3 to 2 vote, the Georgia Public Service Commission adopted rules governing Eligible Telecommunications Carriers (ETCs) and issued a proposal to make further changes to the Lifeline service rules.

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