“The Commission’s decision puts nearly all of the higher cost burden and risks of further cost increases on the backs of Georgia consumers,” Georgia Watch Executive Director Liz Coyle said in a news release. “Incredibly, Georgia Power will actually earn billions in extra profit while their customers foot the bill for the mismanaged project.”
The law group of former Gov. Roy Barnes is representing Georgia Watch on a pro bono basis.
In a statement, Georgia Power said, “We believe the decision by the Georgia PSC to continue the Vogtle project was well within its authority and complied with all applicable laws.”
The pair of reactors are billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule.
Georgia Power insists keeping Vogtle construction going is the best economic option for customers. Customers have financed construction of the units in Waynesboro, near Augusta, since 2009. Consumer groups have argued that ratepayers should not shoulder the burden of reactors plagued by delays and overruns.
A PSC spokesman said he could not comment on a pending legal challenge and directed a reporter to state Attorney General Chris Carr’s office, which represents state agencies in legal matters.
A spokeswoman for Carr said the AG’s office could not comment on a pending legal matter.