The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) awarded Southern Co. the Edison Award for leading the nuclear renaissance in the United States.
“This recognition is a tremendous honor for Southern Co., our 26,000 employees and partners in the nuclear industry,” said Thomas A. Fanning, Southern Co. chairman, president and CEO. “Southern Co. is committed to bringing the new Vogtle Units 3 and 4 online to deliver clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy to our customers. We expect to deliver to customers potentially up to $2 billion in benefits from the Department of Energy (DOE) loan guarantees, production tax credits, contract modifications, recovering financing costs during construction and lower than forecasted interest costs.”
“Southern Co. and its Georgia Power operating company worked tirelessly to advance the expansion of the two new reactors at Plant Vogtle, and in doing so, paved a path for other nuclear power operators to follow,” Kuhn said. “It takes a lot of work, ingenuity and innovation to build the first U.S. nuclear energy units to be approved in 33 years, but Southern Co. knew that the benefits of doing so would be immeasurable. The company’s big-picture approach to ensuring the advancement of Plant Vogtle is a prime example of the commitment our industry has to providing reliable service.”