Georgia PSC starts hearings Dec. 6 on Vogtle review settlement

The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold a hearing on Tuesday Dec. 6, on the proposed settlement in the Georgia Power prudency review on construction of the Vogtle 3 and 4 nuclear units in Waynesboro, Georgia.

If approved by the PSC, the capital cost forecast of Georgia Power’s share of the plant would be adjusted to $5.68bn including a $240m contingency. State law provides a process for making periodic adjustments in the forecast when justified, the PSC said in a Nov. 28 news release.  

The sessions, on Docket 29849, will be held in Room 110 at the PSC offices on Washington Street in Atlanta. The PSC will hear from any public witnesses, take up preliminary matters and then conduct a hearing on the direct case of the PSC staff and the Southern (NYSE:SO) utility, Georgia Power, as well as other interested parties.

After testimony is filed Dec. 6, parties will file briefs and any proposed orders on Dec. 13. The PSC is expected to issue a decision at its Dec. 20 administrative session.

Georgia Power owns 45.7% of Plant Vogtle with its partners, Oglethorpe Power Corp., Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG) and the City of Dalton Utilities.

The audio web cast of the hearing is available on the Commission website, www.psc.state.ga.us, then clicking on the Audio Broadcast link.

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