Georgia PSC hearing to consider progress on Vogtle 3 and 4 nuclear units

The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold a public hearing Dec. 16 on the 11th semi-annual Vogtle Construction Monitoring (VCM) report.

Southern (NYSE:SO) subsidiary Georgia Power is leading a group that is developing Vogtle Units 3 and 4, the first new nuclear reactors to be built in the United States in more than 30 years.

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) said the hearing will feature testimony from expert witnesses on behalf of the PSC Public Interest Advocacy (PIA) staff over schedule and budget issues at the nuclear power project.

In February the witnesses filed testimony on engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) costs incurred by Georgia Power at the new nuclear units during the first half of 2014.

The Vogtle case before the Georgia PSC is Docket # 29849. Southern Nuclear Co. Technical Compliance Vice President David H. Jones discussed the Vogtle project during PennWell’s Dec. 8 GenForum conference in Orlando, Fla.

Units 3 and 4 are expected to be placed into service in the fourth quarter of 2017 and 2018 respectively. Each unit is expected to generate more than 1,100 MW.

Georgia Power will be the largest single stakeholder at 45.7%.

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Wayne Barber, Chief Analyst for the GenerationHub, has been covering power generation, energy and natural resources issues at national publications for more than 20 years. Prior to joining PennWell he was editor of Generation Markets Week at SNL Financial for nine years. He has also worked as a business journalist at both McGraw-Hill and Financial Times Energy. Wayne also worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. During his career has visited nuclear reactors and coal mines as well as coal and natural gas power plants. Wayne can be reached at wayneb@pennwell.com.