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Meanwhile, in Georgia, the newest nuclear power plants, the 2.234 GW Vogtle 3 and 4, the first new nuclear reactors built in the United States in 30 years, are now 6 years late and estimated to cost $28 billion. (Taxpayer.net). That is a cost overrun of $14 billion, 100% over the initial cost of $14 billion. (Atlanta Journal Constitution, Power).
New nuclear is 8.7 times the cost of new wind power capacity. And nuclear needs fuel, waste management, and the safety and security concerns with nuclear power can not be understated.
Vogtle 3 and 4, the first new nuclear reactors built in the United States in 30 years, are now 6 years late and estimated to cost $28 billion. (Taxpayer.net). That is a cost overrun of $14 billion, 100% over the initial cost of $14 billion. (Atlanta Journal Constitution, Power).
The 2.234 GW plants at Vogtle will cost $12.5 per watt, if there are no more overruns, plus the costs of fuel, security, maintenance, etc. Utility scale solar is under $2.00 per watt. Utility scale wind is $2 to $3 per watt. Neither require fuel or military security forces. The money used to construct a 2 GW nuclear reactor could construct a 3 GW solar farm AND a 2 or 3 GW Wind Farm.
Why, given the cost of nuclear, the bankruptcy of Westinghouse, the dearth of young nuclear engineers, and the costs of wind and solar are we even thinking about, let along sinking $Billions of taxpayer dollars in nuclear?
According the the DOE loan program office, here, “The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a total of up to $12 billion in loan guarantees to Georgia Power Company (GPC), Oglethorpe Power Corporation (OPC), and three subsidiaries of Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG Power) to support the construction of Vogtle Units 3 and 4 – the nation’s next generation of advanced nuclear reactors – at the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating site in Waynesboro, Georgia.”
Miami during Hurricane Irma in 2017. Image by Kevin Hagan for the NY Times
“Climate Change,” according to Ban Ki Moon and Francis Suarez, writing in the New York Times, here, “is not a distant threat for Miami; it’s a daily presence in people’s lives. The city has been fighting to stay above water for decades. It knows that its future as a vibrant international hub for business, tourism, arts and culture depends on making the city more resilient to the impact of global warming.”
Eileen Mignoni, In “Flooding is the new normal in Miami In Miami,” here, in Yale Climate Connections, wrote, “sea-level rise is not a problem for future generations. It’s a present-day reality.
Moon, the former Secretary General of the U.N. and Suarez, Miami’s Mayor, wrote,
The Coming Once A Year Flood
If emissions continue to grow and sea levels respond moderately, by 2100 about 10 percent of the city of Miami will be below the height of a once-a-year coastal flood. Map shows areas likely to be affected, absent resilience measures, during an event that could typically be driven by higher-than-usual tides and non-hurricane winds.
By saying “Annual flooding by 2100 [in 81 years],” Moon and Suarez seem to be saying, “Don’t worry. We have time.” They are doing the people of Miami and the readers of The New York Times a disservice. Miami is already flooding on an annual basis, and has been since 2013, if not earlier.
Here’s anecdotal evidence from the news media.
2018, Kevin Loria, Business Insider, “Cities around the US are flooding at high tide and on sunny days at record rates.”