The Daily Populous

Tuesday August 1st, 2023 morning edition

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ATLANTA (AP) — The first American nuclear reactor to be built from scratch in decades is sending electricity reliably to the grid, but the cost of the Georgia power plant could discourage utilities from pursuing nuclear power as a path to a carbon-free future.

Georgia Power Co. announced Monday that Unit 3 at Plant Vogtle, southeast of Augusta, has completed testing and is now in commercial operation, seven years late and $17 billion over budget.

At its full output of 1,100 megawatts of electricity, Unit 3 can power 500,000 homes and businesses.

A number of other utilities in Georgia, Florida and Alabama are receiving the electricity, in addition to the 2.7 million customers of Southern Co. subsidiary Georgia Power.

“So to do this, to get this done, to get this done right, is a wonderful accomplishment for our company, for the state and for the customers here in Georgia.”.

A fourth reactor is also nearing completion at the site, where two earlier reactors have been generating electricity for decades.

Georgia Power CEO Kim Greene said the company hasn’t decided how much it will ask customers to pay. »

Paul Reubens, actor best known as Pee-wee Herman, dies at 70

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"Pee Wee's Playhouse" on CBS, a children's television show starring Paul Reubens and John Paragon.

The announcement of his death included a personal statement from the actor, explaining why he had kept his medical condition under wraps.

"Everyone I know received countless nonsensical memes from Paul on their birthday, and I mean EVERYONE," O'Brien said in a statement. »