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Hearings begin on Georgia Power proposal to raise rates 12%

State regulators began hearings Tuesday on Georgia Power Co.’s request to raise rates by 12% over the next three years

State regulators began hearings Tuesday on Georgia Power Co.’s request to raise rates by 12% over the next three years. The hearings are likely to see clashes over how much profit the utility should earn and how much solar panel owners should be paid. The five members of the Public Service Commission are scheduled to decide in December on the company’s request for a cumulative $2.9 billion more beginning in January. Changes are likely before any vote. A residential customer could pay nearly $200 a year more for power by 2025 under the plan. Costs for the Vogtle nuclear plant and fuel are likely to drive up rates even in coming years. Read more

It was hard not to think about Saudi-funded LIV Golf at the Presidents Cup. Not because the disruption cost the International team at least four players. LIV Golf's slogan is “Golf, But Louder.” That comes naturally at an event like the Presidents Cup. And it's even louder at the Ryder Cup. Nothing is more entertaining than team golf once a year. So even though the Americans won for the ninth straight time, no big fixes are needed for the Presidents Cup. It's a stage for world-class players, and it can be exciting, even those moments were lacking this time. Read more

The control room of a submarine is a tight space with no windows, crammed full of gauges and high-tech electronic indicators. But one instrument is dirt simple and very important – it’s called an inclinometer, and it works just like a carpenter’s level, the kind you buy at Home Depot. When t… Read more

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