State Senator Lindsey Tippins, R-Marietta, filed legislation to exempt public and state charter schools from paying for Plant Vogtle construction on their power bills. Senate Bill 393 is cosponsored by State Senator Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome, who has also introduced legislation to limit collection of the Nuclear Construction Cost Recovery Tariff from all Georgians and limit Georgia Power’s ability to profit from cost overruns and delays at Plant Vogtle.
Construction costs for Georgia Power’s nuclear Plant Vogtle continue to rise as the project is now more than five years behind schedule and the cost has nearly doubled to $23.4 billion. Due to 2009 legislation allowing Georgia Power to collect project financing costs during construction, customers have already paid more than $2 billion – nearly half of which is the Company’s profit. Georgia Watch strongly supports SB 393 to exempt public schools from paying the Nuclear Construction Cost Recovery Tariff on their power bills. School money should be for educating students, not building power plants.