All posts by Dan Zegart

The Vogtle 3 and 4 nuclear reactors in June 2014.

Despite Huge Losses and Its own Bungling, Southern Company Wants to Complete Vogtle Plant

With Southern Company’s board voting today to green light the completion of the Vogtle nuclear power plant, the prospect that Georgia utility customers may be on the hook for many billions for a plant that

Clean Coal Officially Dead in Mississippi as Southern Company Battered by Kemper Fall-Out

Clean coal officially died in Mississippi today as state regulators voted unanimously to issue an official order denying further money for the Kemper coal plant and beginning a settlement process with its builder, Southern Company.

Mississippi Regulators Veto Any More Money for Southern Company’s Kemper Plant in Stunning Vote

In a historic vote this morning, Mississippi state regulators slammed the brakes on the Kemper coal power plant, saying they will refuse to ask utility customers to pay anything for Kemper’s non-functional multi-billion dollar “clean

NY Attorney General: Phony CO2 Accounting, Extensive Document Destruction by ExxonMobil

Former ExxonMobil CEO and now-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson personally approved a scheme for accounting for the financial impact of greenhouse gas emissions on the company’s business that deliberately misled investors, one that continued right

Bombshell Votes at Southern Company Annual Meeting for Cleaner Energy, Against CEO Fanning

Southern Company shareholders cast a substantial vote of no confidence in chief executive officer Tom Fanning at the annual shareholders’ meeting near Atlanta May 24th, while almost half the company’s shares were cast in favor

Manufacturers’ Group Attempts 11th Hour Escape from Kids’ Climate Lawsuit

In a last-minute legal maneuver, the National Association of Manufacturers is trying to extricate itself from a closely-watched federal climate lawsuit 18 months after it won a legal battle allowing it to intervene in the

Climate Lawsuit Demands Rex Tillerson’s “Wayne Tracker” Emails

Petroleum industry knowledge of global warming in the Arctic, where ExxonMobil, shown here working on a massive drilling platform with Russian oil giant Rosneft near Sakhalin island, has long been a pioneer in oil exploration,

As Time Runs Out for Southern Company, a Brain Drain Begins at Kemper

With builder Southern Company still promising that the Kemper power plant will go online soon, a group of key engineers and managers who work on the plant’s so-far-inoperable gasifier has left the company.

Trump Administration Pressing for Appeal, Dismissal of Climate Lawsuit

The Trump administration is asking an Oregon federal judge in the Our Children’s Trust case to let a higher court review her decision to permit a historic climate change lawsuit to proceed, and to halt

At the groundbreaking for the Kemper power plant: Mississippi PSC Commissioner Lynn Posey, at podium, with (seated, L to R), Anthony Topazi, chief operating officer, Southern Company, Governor Haley Barbour, and Tom Fanning, chief executive officer, Southern Company, December 16, 2010.

Southern Company Says Kemper Not Viable as Coal Plant, Blames the PSC

In an apparent first salvo in a public relations campaign to shift blame for the Kemper power plant boondoggle away from himself and corporate management and onto state regulators, Southern Company chief executive officer Tom