Georgia residents will see higher power bills as second nuclear reactor comes online at Plant Vogtle

Units 3, left, and 4 and their cooling towers stand at Georgia Power Co.'s Plant Vogtle nuclear power plant, Jan. 20, 2023, in Waynesboro, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Georgia’s second new nuclear reactor, Unit 4 at Plant Vogtle, is now operating commercially after years of delays and billions in extra costs.

The project was initially estimated at $14 billion, but at last count, it is near $35 billion.

Despite completion, Vogtle’s electricity is expected to be more expensive than other sources.

WABE environmental reporter Emily Jones says that while nuclear power is hailed as carbon-free, the high cost could deter future projects.

According to Jones, most electric customers in Georgia will help pay for the cost of the new reactors through increases to their power bills.

Christopher Alston contributed to this report.