For now, I’m going to refrain from throwing out all kinds of cost estimates, possible completion dates and reminders of how many times we and others, going back more than a decade, forewarned utilities and their regulators about the high risks associated with new nuclear generation (read the statements provided). It’s too early to tell what will happen, including how Westinghouse will emerge. But their parent company, Japanese giant Toshiba, made it clear that Westinghouse is out of the nuclear construction business beyond these two projects. And how committed, or even how able, they are to completing the Georgia and South Carolina projects is now likely going to be determined by a bankruptcy court. However, two things do appear clear: a very costly door has closed on the so-called “nuclear renaissance” and none of this is a funny “April Fool’s” joke.
In closing, it’s worth repeating this line from our April Fool’s blog from 2016: consumers need to stand up, speak out and stop being fooled before it’s too late—again.
Sara manages a variety of staff and teams to strategize, develop and execute advocacy efforts for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy that focus on advancing stronger state, local and…