Fight! Fight! An Intra-Business Fight.

This one should be fun.

Dozens of Georgia’s top manufacturers and retailers are gearing up to battle Georgia Power Co. as it petitions the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) to approve $642 million in rate hikes through 2010.

The utility is trying to raise $5.5 billion over the next three years and $9.1 billion between 2007 and 2011 — the largest capital program in its history — to pay for pollution controls at its coal-fired power plants, as well as new power lines and generating capacity, including nuclear power.

4 comments

  1. GAWire says:

    Maybe I missed it, but the article didn’t have a comment from GA Power/SOCo et al nor did I see mention of an attempt to contact someone there.

  2. ChuckEaton says:

    Obviously I’m far from making my mind up on all this, but it is part of the forecasting process. GA Power has an ongoing demand forecast with the capital investment requests at appropriate times.

    Of course it’s difficult to forecast potential environmental controls that state and federal governments place on utilities. Any pollution controls automatically go into the rate-base without much debate. At any moment Congress could pass more emission regulations.

    The added environmental controls may or may not be a good idea, but they definitley are not free and we all pay for them with increased electricity costs.

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