Power Company LobbyLizards win out over schools in 2018 and in 2019

Along with school-minded people in the Georgia senate, we tried to change the state law in 2018 and 2019 but  lobbylizards were successful in protecting the free money taken from schools to subsidize the new Plant Vogtle.

In 2018 Georgia Senate Bills #355 and #393 would have stopped Georgia Power taking school tax money.

In 2019 Senate Bill 112 would have saved schools MILLIONS.

The lobbylizards won out so EVERY DAY of EVERY MONTH Georgia Power and some other power companies in Georgia keep taking school money for free.

Who says it's a good idea to take school money to build a power plant?


How did the surcharge start ?

Georgia Power pushed through a law in 2009 that forces customers to pay the surcharge.

"The Georgia Nuclear Energy Finance Act of 2009" aka SB 31 of 2009



Excellent References

Press release: mar15.html

Recent South Georgia Newspaper Report:



Info With Excellent Pie Chart From Georgia Watch



Overall Issue and In-Depth Background:



Stop Georgia Power
Nuclear Rip-Off Bill -
Nuclear Watch South



The Senate Bill 355

Another Georgia Watch News Info Update:


These organizations and individuals have opposed taking school money all along

Georgia Watch  

Nuclear Watch South 

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

Clark Howard


Residential customer Ms. Stumpf kept track of the extra charges on her bill:  Over $700.00 and counting ! 

[ See The SavannahNow News ]


An in-depth report at
The Weather Channel


An excellent resource for comprehensive information:

Nuclear Watch South 



See the press conference video


A background article from 2009:

Georgia Power's prepay financing scheme




Millions collected from schools, taxpayers for Vogtle construction  
June 12, 2017 By Thomas Gardiner The Augusta Chronicle


As most schools in Georgia, The Savannah-Chatham Public School System has paid surcharge money as part of their monthly bills to Georgia Power. Itís money the schools could have used to hire an additional four teachers.  
August 28, 2017 By Mary Landers Savannah Now



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Hundreds of thousands taken directly from YOUR local schools and school districts!




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Millions of
Georgia School
Tax Dollars

taken by the power company to build their private power plant.

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 Comment in the Atlanta Journal Constitution Nov 6

Money is being taken from schools all over the state every month by Georgia Power. They add a nuclear construction surcharge to the school electric bill. In Atlanta, they are taking about a million dollars a year from APS to build their nuclear plant. This is school money paid in school taxes. Georgia Power takes it to build their plant, so they can sell power from that plant. Atlanta Public Schools could better use that money for school purposes. We need to amend the state law that lets Georgia Power take school money. Shameful. Ask yourself, where did this law come from?


Comment in the Atlanta Journal Constitution Nov 7

The unfair surcharge [Georgia Power] pushed through in 2009 needs amending, so schools aren't forced to put any more scarce school money into this private VogtleVortex money pit.


From testimony presented by Robert Searfoss at the Georgia Public Service Commission November 6, 2017

School tax money that's supposed to be for schools is taken for the nuclear surtax.

We can argue the good-bad, pro-con, do-donít of nuclear power, and we do that here;

however, who here, or who statewide in Georgia, will argue that it is a good idea to take school money to build a private company's nuclear plant?

The Georgia Power lawyer said, "They shall take the surcharge money...Itís the law." They should know the law. They wrote the law.

Well, it's time to amend that law.

This year, the surcharge is taking one million dollars from Atlanta Public Schools.

And thatís why the law that forces Georgia Power to take schools' money needs to be amended in 2018 to exempt schools.



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