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Georgia Power Expects More Vogtle Construction Delays and Cost Overruns

Robert Baker

Georgia Power Company filed its testimony in the 12th Vogtle Construction Monitoring (VCM) review on May 1.  Buried within the Company’s pre-filed testimony was a disconcerting statement about its Contractor’s performance on the Project.  In response to the question, “What is the Company’s assessment of the Contractor’s performance under the revised IPS (Integrated Project Schedule)?” the Company responded by saying, “The Contractor has missed several key milestones since the publication of the revised IPS in January 2015, including several milestones relating to critical-path and near-critical-path activities such as the assembly of CA01, the delivery of shield building panels, and work on concrete outside containment.  The Contractor has also encountered difficulties in ensuring that new vendors produce high-quality, compliant components per the IPS projections.” (Georgia Power 12th VCM Direct Testimony, p. 15)  Missing key construction milestones means more delays and delays mean more cost overruns.

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Georgia communities receive infrastructure loans totaling $50 million

Loan commitments include energy and water conservation projects

Fifteen Georgia communities were awarded financing totaling $49,961,418 for water, water supply, sewer, solid waste and wastewater infrastructure improvements by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) board of directors.

The communities include the cities of Blue Ridge, Byron, Cochran, Elberton, Fayetteville, Griffin, Maysville, Morgan, Richmond Hill, Statham, Thomaston, and Toccoa, and Fort Valley Utility Commission, Rabun County Water and Sewer Authority and Walker County.

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Georgia Conservancy Opposition to the Palmetto Pipeline

 

Robert Ramsay, President, Georgia ConservancyWhen Georgia’s top officials at the Capitol, oil entrepreneurs in Savannah, coastal civic and business leaders, local governments, and some of our state’s most strident environmental groups agree that a proposed 360-mile fuel pipeline is bad for our state, then the company attempting to build it should take a hint – they are not wanted, nor needed in Georgia.

The Georgia Conservancy stands with this diverse and widespread group of Georgians in opposition to Kinder Morgan’s proposed Palmetto Pipeline.

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Push Back The Pipeline Coalition Releases Position Paper: Objections to Kinder Morgan's Use of Eminent Domain for Private Palmetto Pipeline Project

With the scheduled deadline for a decision on the proposed Palmetto Pipeline looming near, the Push Back the Pipeline Coalition released a report titled, "Objections to Kinder Morgan's Use of Eminent Domain for Private Palmetto Pipeline Project." The paper represents the position of Push Back the Pipeline, including member groups Savannah Riverkeeper, Ogeechee Riverkeeper, Altamaha Riverkeeper, Satilla Riverkeeper, Center for a Sustainable Coast, the Coastal Group of the Georgia Sierra Club, One Hundred Miles, Environment Georgia and the Pipeline Safety Coalition. 

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Gov. Deal signs Georgia Solar Power Free-Market Financing Act of 2015

Gov. Deal signs Georgia Solar Power Free-Market Financing Act of 2015Governor Deal made Georgia solar advocates very happy today. By signing the Georgia Solar Power Free-Market Financing Act of 2015, businesses, home owners and non-profits alike can now use a third party power purchase agreement to get solar on their roofs.

This solar photovoltaic (PV) financing law is now found under Article 1 of Chapter 3 of Title 46 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated in multiple sections, under sections 46-3-60, 46-3-61, 46-3-62, 46-3-63, 46-3-64, 46-3-65 and 46-3-66 respectively and these sections of the law are to be interpreted as one unified statute.

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