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Why Ga.’s Plant Vogtle Project Continues, Despite Money Woes

Feb 22, 2017

On Feb. 21, the state Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities, approved Georgia Power's request for an additional $141 million in expenses related to the construction of new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle near Augusta.  

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The project has been plagued by delays and cost overruns, but now there is the potential for even bigger worries. The reactors are being built by Westinghouse, which is a subsidiary of Toshiba. Recently, Toshiba reported giant losses, totaling some $6 billion – much of which was related to the construction at Plant Vogtle and another nuclear construction project in South Carolina.

On" Morning Edition," Denis O'Hayer got a look at how Toshiba's financial problems might affect the Plant Vogtle expansion – and the state's consumers – in a conversation with Kristi Swartz, an Atlanta-based reporter for EnergyWirewho covers the energy industry in the Southeast.