Category: Southern Company

Global Climate Coalition documents reveal the electric utility industry’s role in notorious climate denial campaign

Electric utilities played a prominent role in the Global Climate Coalition, an industry group that worked for over a decade to sow doubt about climate change and block efforts to...

/ May 1, 2019

Georgia Power’s 2019 IRP: Limit Renewables, Lock In Fossil Fuels

The Georgia Public Service Commission began hearings this week on Georgia Power’s 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which is a long-term plan that many utilities across the country must file...

/ April 10, 2019

Questionable Campaign Contributions Tick Back Up for Eaton as Election Nears

UPDATE (11/5/18) – Campaigns were required to file their final campaign finance reports before the election by November 1st, for contributions received through October 25th. The filings provided yet another...

/ October 25, 2018
New Vogtle Agreement with MEAG and Oglethorpe Power

Georgia Power Steamrolls MEAG, Oglethorpe in New Vogtle Agreement

Georgia Power consolidated its control of the controversial Plant Vogtle expansion last week, winning both influence and the potential to earn additional profit in a new agreement with its co-owners....

/ October 4, 2018
Dalton Utilities Vogtle Nuclear Plant

Southern Company, Regulated Entity-Connected Contributions Continue for Pridemore, Eaton

Earlier this year the Energy and Policy Institute released an analysis of major campaign contributions for Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) candidates. The analysis found that Georgia PSC incumbents Chuck...

/ September 5, 2018

Price Tag For Plant Vogtle Jumps Higher, Total Project Now at $27.3 Billion

As Georgia Power announced a $2.3 billion increase to the estimated cost to finish the nuclear plant, Southern Company disclosed an additional $100 million in new financing costs in a...

/ August 23, 2018
Southern Co. CEO Tom Fanning dismissed conflicting comments from Georgia subsidiary about Southern's "low- to no-carbon" goals.

Southern Company’s Big Bets Lead to Loss of Gulf Power

On May 21st, Southern Company decided to part ways with its almost 100- year-old subsidiary, Gulf Power, due in large part to failed bets the company made on its scuttled...

/ May 31, 2018
Dalton Utilities Vogtle Nuclear Plant

Big-Dollar Contributors with Ties to Georgia Power and Southern Company Bet on Pridemore, Eaton for Georgia PSC

Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) incumbents Tricia Pridemore and Chuck Eaton each received approximately two-thirds of their campaign contributions from people or companies associated with regulated entities such as Georgia...

/ May 1, 2018
Georgia PSC Commissioner Tim Echols (center) following a tour of the Vogtle plant. Photo c/o NRC flickr page.

Georgia PSC messages reveal cozy relationship with Georgia Power, possible ex parte communications

Records from Georgia PSC Commissioner Tim Echols show him using Georgia Power's talking points instead of PSC Staff's analysis, collaborating with utility on media efforts. The documents raise questions about...

/ March 7, 2018

Will the U.S. Chamber continue to fight the EPA’s endangerment finding in 2018?

Update January 10, 2018: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce confirmed today it is no longer trying to overturn the EPA’s endangerment finding for greenhouse gas emissions, but top U.S. Chamber officials...

/ January 4, 2018