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Commission Approves Agreement on Plant Vogtle Construction, Saves Georgia Power Ratepayers $325 Million
ATLANTA, December 20, 2016 – Georgia Power ratepayers will benefit immediately as a result of the Georgia Public Service Commission (Commission) unanimous approval today of an agreement in the Commission directed review of the construction costs of Georgia Power Company's Nuclear Plant Vogtle Construction Project in Docket 29849. Over the next four years, customers will see a reduction of approximately $325 million in costs towards the construction of units Three and Four at Plant Vogtle.
COMMISSIONER TIM ECHOLS SWORN IN FOR SECOND TERM ON THE GEORGIA PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
December 16, 2016 – (ATLANTA) – Governor Nathan Deal Thursday administered the oath of office to Commissioner Tim Echols as Echols will officially begin his second six-year term on the Georgia Public Service Commission on January 1, 2017. Echols took the oath as his wife Windy held the Bible in the Governor's Office at the State Capitol. (See photo below) Echols won re-election last month and received the highest vote total of any candidate on the ballot with more than 2.3 million votes.
Commission Elects Stan Wise as Chairman for 2017 and 2018
ATLANTA, November 17, 2016 – The Georgia Public Service Commission (Commission) today unanimously elected Commissioner Stan Wise to a two-year term as the PSC Chairman.
Higher Natural Gas Prices Predicted This Winter; Consumers Urged to Take Steps to Reduce Heating Bills
ATLANTA, October 27, 2016 – Public Service Commissioner Stan Wise is warning natural gas customers that the upcoming winter is predicted to be colder than the last and therefore they may see higher natural gas bills. Wise says the American Gas Association (AGA) predicts in its annual winter outlook that residential gas bills could be 9% to 11% higher compared to winter 2015-2016, as consumers' ramp up gas use after last year's warmer temperatures.
Commission Staff and Georgia Power Reach Agreement on Review of Plant Vogtle Construction Costs
ATLANTA, October 20, 2016 – The Georgia Public Service Commission Staff and Georgia Power Company have signed an agreement in the Commission directed review of the construction costs of Georgia Power Company's Nuclear Plant Vogtle Construction Project in Docket 29849. The proposed agreement means customers over the next four years will see a reduction of approximately $325 million in costs towards the construction of units 3 and 4 at Plant Vogtle.
Consumer Advisory: Commission Urges Consumers to Prepare for the Winter Heating Season
ATLANTA, October 4, 2016 – The Georgia Public Service Commission advises consumers to start preparing now for the upcoming winter heating season. Consumers need to ensure their homes and heating systems are ready for the cold weather as well as making sure they are getting the best value for their natural gas dollar.
Commission Approves Innovative Right-of-Way Solar Project along The Ray in Troup County
(Atlanta, GA – September 9, 2016)-- The Georgia Public Service Commission (GPSC) approved the installation of one megawatt of solar generation in the right-of-way along Interstate 85 in Troup County, Ga., during a hearing on the Georgia Power Company's 2016 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).
Commission Verifies Expenses for Georgia Power’s Fourteenth Nuclear Plant Vogtle Construction Monitoring Report
ATLANTA, August 16, 2016 – The Georgia Public Service Commission today unanimously approved Georgia Power's request to approve and verify $160 million in expenditures on the Plant Vogtle Nuclear Power Construction Project for the period July 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015. This amount remains within the Commission certified construction cost. This decision is not a ruling on whether the expenditures are reasonable and prudent but only acknowledges that the Company has spent the funds on the project. This decision closes out the Fourteenth Semi-annual Vogtle Construction Monitoring
COMMISSIONER STAN WISE SEEKS REVIEW ON DAMAGES TO UNDERGROUND FACIITIES
ATLANTA, August 11, 2016 – Reacting to what he called "the extraordinary level of digging" over the past year in metro Atlanta as communications providers install and upgrade their fiber optics networks, Public Service Commissioner Stan Wise today called for all interested parties, including communications companies, utilities, excavators, contractors, facilities locators and Commission staff to present comments at the September 1, 2016 meeting of the Commission's Facilities Protection Commission.
MCDONALD SAYS COMMISSION VOTE ON NEW NUCLEAR STUDY WILL HARM RATEPAYERS
ATLANTA, August 1, 2016 – Georgia Public Service Commissioner Lauren "Bubba" McDonald says Georgia Power ratepayers will be harmed as a result of the Commission's vote to approve Georgia Power Company's request to pass on and capitalize the costs of investigation and licensing costs for potential new nuclear units and to recover these costs from ratepayers. McDonald was the only Commissioner to vote against allowing Georgia Power to incur $99 million in costs for site suitability and Combined Operating License (COL) application development work for a nuclear plant in Stewart County in southwest Georgia.
Commission Approves Agreement on Georgia Power Integrated Resource Plan
ATLANTA, July 28, 2016 – The Georgia Public Service Commission today by a 4-1 vote approved a revised Georgia Power Company Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) that will include an additional 1,600 Megawatts (MW) of renewable energy by 2021. The Commission also approved by a 4-1 vote a revision of the Company's request to pass on and capitalize the costs of investigation and licensing costs for potential new nuclear units and to recover these costs from ratepayers in the future.
COMMISSIONER STAN WISE GIVES CREDIT TO NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF UTILITY REGULATORY COMMISSIONER’S EFFORTS TO PASS 2016 PIPELINE SAFETY ACT
ATLANTA, June 28, 2016 – Commissioner Stan Wise is acknowledging the efforts of fellow regulatory commissioners and staff of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) in securing the reauthorization of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Act through 2019, which includes a mandate to craft new rules for underground natural gas storage in the wake of a massive gas leak in Southern California last fall. President Obama signed the measure into law last week.
Commissioner McDonald Selected as Delegate to Republican National Convention
June 7, 2016 – (ATLANTA) – The Georgia Republican Party Convention has selected Commissioner Lauren "Bubba" McDonald as one of 31 Georgia Republican Party delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio from July 18-21, 2016. McDonald will be an at-large delegate. McDonald is currently the Vice-chair of the Georgia Public Service Commission.
Commissioners Celebrate Opening of Solar Facility at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia
ATLANTA, June 1, 2016 – (Columbus) – Members of the Georgia Public Service Commission (Commission) joined community leaders, elected officials, Department of the Army officials, and Georgia Power representatives at the ribbon cutting ceremony today to officially open the first of five new solar facilities on Georgia military bases. Commissioners Tim Echols (R-Jefferson), Doug Everett (R-Albany) and Stan Wise (R-Marietta) took part in the ribbon cutting at the U.S. Army base at Fort Benning Georgia.
U.S. Energy Secretary Appoints Commissioner Stan Wise to National Petroleum Council
ATLANTA, May 23, 2016 – U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz has appointed Commissioner Stan Wise as a member of the National Petroleum Council for 2016-2017. Commissioner Wise will represent the views of the states in public policy decision making."I appreciate your willingness to devote time and energy to the Council and I look forward to working with you to advance our common goals. The work of the Council is important to the Department and the Nation," said Secretary Moniz in his letter appointing Commissioner Wise to the Council.
PSC Cuts Georgia Power Fuel Rate by 15%
ATLANTA, May 17, 2016 – Georgia Power customers will save an average of $4.60 a month beginning June 1, 2016 as the Georgia Public Service Commission (Commission) today unanimously approved a reduction in the amount Georgia Power collects each month to cover the cost of fuel used to generate electricity. The $4.60 a month savings is for a typical residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours.
Commissioner Tim Echols' Annual Georgia Clean Energy Roadshow Opens June 14, 2016
May 9, 2016 – (ATLANTA) -- Recognizing the economic contributions that solar, natural gas, propane, biomass, electric power and wind have contributed to Georgia's clean energy growth, Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols will host a series of public seminars around the state June 14 - 24, 2016 alongside municipal, county, and other local elected officials and top business executives representing fleets and clean energy companies.
Commissioners Celebrate Groundbreaking of Solar Facility at Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia
ATLANTA, April 28, 2016 – (ALBANY) -- Commissioners Lauren "Bubba" McDonald and Doug Everett joined community leaders, elected officials, Department of the Navy (DON) officials, and Georgia Power representatives at the groundbreaking ceremony today for a new solar facility at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia
Commission Approves Southern Company Merger with AGL Resources
ATLANTA, April 14, 2016 – The Georgia Public Service Commission (Commission) today unanimously approved the Southern Company merger with Atlanta-based AGL Resources, Inc. by approving the proposed settlement of the Joint Request by the Petitioners in Dockets 39971 and 9574. All parties in the proceeding supported the settlement. Today's decision settles all issues in the above mentioned dockets and will cancel any further scheduled proceedings.
Commission Reminds Georgians to Stay Safe by Calling 811 before Digging : April is Safe Digging Month
ATLANTA, April 1, 2016 – The Georgia Public Service Commission reminds all Georgians that April is National Safe Digging Month. The law requires anyone who plans to excavate where underground utilities are located to call 8-1-1 before they dig. The process is simple and can prevent major damage that can endanger and inconvenience our communities and cause economic disruption. Damage from excavation activities to gas and water pipelines, along with sewer systems and buried distribution power lines, remains a leading cause of utility incidents resulting in death or injury
Commission Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Ruling to Halt Implementation of Clean Power Plan Rule
ATLANTA, February 10, 2016 – Members of the Georgia Public Service Commission (Commission) are applauding Tuesday's U.S. Supreme Court decision that halts the implementation of the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan. The Court ruled 5-4 to stop enforcement of the Plan until legal challenges are resolved.
Commission Approves Proceeding to Examine Georgia Power Settlement on Plant Vogtle Litigation
ATLANTA, February 2, 2016 – The Georgia Public Service Commission (Commission) today approved by a vote of 4-1 a motion to allow the Commission staff and all interested parties to examine the justification for the Consortium Agreement to settle litigation between the Georgia Power Company (Company) and its contractors on the Nuclear Plant Vogtle Construction project. Commissioner Stan Wise proposed the motion.