The Georgia Public Service Commission said delays with the $14 billion expansion of Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle in Waynesboro, Ga., may diminish the economic benefits of the project and will require further review. Regulatory issues and commercial disputes would postpone the scheduled start of operations of the additional reactors by a year and will incur more costs for customers, according to a report made for the PSC. However, Buzz Miller, executive vice president of nuclear development at Southern Co., the parent company of Georgia Power, said that although there are delays in the project, the long-term economic benefits of nuclear plants exceed those of a plant fueled by natural gas.

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