Atlanta-based Georgia Power, a unit of Southern Company, to issue final $25 bill credit to its customers this month. MATT KEMPNER / AJC
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Georgia Power customers to pay less in power bills this month

Georgia Power customers should expect the final $25 bill credit this month.

It’s the last of three credits totaling $75 ordered by the state Public Service Commission last December, as part of a condition to keep construction at Plant Vogtle going.

The first two credits were issued in April and July.

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Georgia Power currently spends $50 million per month on the project. In March 2017, Vogtle’s lead contractor, Westinghouse Electric, filed for bankruptcy. The project was already three years behind schedule and more than $3 billion over budget. Georgia Power’s Paul Bowers argues the project presents “long-term benefits to customers.” Critics have fought against Vogtle's expansion for years, citing cost and safety concerns. Cost and schedule estimates presented by Georgia Power may determine the project's fate. Plant Vogtle is one of Georgia's two nuclear power plants.

Meanwhile, the Georgia Power reported the placement of a third steam generator weighing 1.4 million pounds

The steam generators act as heat exchangers to convert water into steam using heat produced in the nuclear reactor core.

A fourth generator is expected to be installed in coming months.

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