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Two key players in the construction of Plant Vogtle have decided to continue on with the project. 

Georgia Power and the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia have each agreed to move forward in  building the nuclear power facility, but Oglethorpe Power, which has a 30 percent stake in the project, only offered a conditional yes.

Georgia Power

Georgia Power customers will receive another $25 credit on their July power bill, the utility said in a news release.

This is the second of three credits planned under the Vogtle nuclear plant construction.

The Georgia Public Service Commission approved a total of $188 million in credits as part of its order to continue construction of Vogtle 3 and 4 at the Augusta plant. Units 1 and 2 have been in operation since 1987 and 1989.

November 2017
Georgia Power

A new report by Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions Education Fund says climate change poses new threats to the security of Plant Vogtle, the Savannah River Site and nuclear facilities around the Southeast.

Georgia WAND Executive Director Becky Rafter joined Rickey Bevington in the studio to discuss the group’s new findings.

The U.S. power grid could become less reliable if too much electricity comes from renewable energy and natural gas, according to a study from the Department of Energy.

But not everyone is buying it. Environmentalists suspect the Trump administration is just trying to prop up an ailing coal industry.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry called for the study in the spring. The report doesn't say there is a grid reliability problem now — only that one could develop if more coal and nuclear power plants shut down.