Safe Energy

Cost overruns at Georgia nuclear reactors offer cautionary tale

The only nuclear reactors under construction in the United States are now projected to cost more than $30 billion — more than double their original value. 

“This exercise in futility is playing out and costing our neighbors big bucks while Georgia doesn’t even need nuclear power,” said Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center’s State Director Jennette Gayer. “Georgia has been the seventh-fastest growing state for solar power since 2011. Imagine where we would be now if we’d spent the $30 billion we’ve poured into Plant Vogtle into saving energy and getting more of it from truly clean sources. Even a decade ago, it was clear that nuclear power was too slow and too expensive to be our best response to the climate crisis, and that’s even more true today. “

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