A series of board decisions concluding today will decide the fate of Georgia’s Plant Vogtle Units 3 & 4. Yesterday, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal commended the decisions made so far to move forward on Plant Vogtle Units 3 & 4 construction and encouraged continued affirmation of commitments to building the new units:
“I commend Georgia Power, the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia and Dalton Utilities for voting to move forward on this critical infrastructure and economic development project. I also call upon Oglethorpe Power Company to reconsider its decision before walking away from 7,000 Georgia jobs. Our low carbon-free electrical rates allow us to remain competitive in this economic development environment that is one of the many reasons Georgia has been named the No. 1 state in which to do business for five straight years. The co-owners should honor their commitments and complete this project.“
Vogtle Units 3 & 4 stand on the threshold of becoming the first new nuclear units constructed in the United States in over three decades, and brings the potential to provide zero-emission electricity for a half million homes and businesses for the next three generations.
Vogtle 3 & 4 is the largest jobs-producing construction project in Georgia, employing more than 7,000 workers.
Without Plant Vogtle Units 3 & 4, the U.S. loses any claim to nuclear energy leadership and innovation, ceding that space to Russia, China and other nation-states.
The Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy supports continued progress and completion of Plant Vogtle and hopes that all four partners – Georgia Power, MEAG, Dalton Utilities and Oglethorpe Power can go forward together, for the sake of Georgia and the nation.