About a decade ago, several Georgia utilities (Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power, MEAG, and Dalton Utilities) decided to build two Toshiba-Westinghouse AP1000 reactors, an untested design that has still yet to operate anywhere in the world. Georgia Power claimed there wouldn’t be the same problems that plagued the nuclear power industry previously. But the so-called “nuclear renaissance” with more than 30 new reactors originally proposed has now fizzled. Only four are under construction: two at Vogtle and two at SCANA’s V.C. Summer in South Carolina. Both are delayed and billions over budget. The original Vogtle estimate of $14 billion has risen to almost $22 billion.
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