JEA’s long-shot quest to cancel a costly agreement for buying power from the Plant Vogtle nuclear plant fizzled out Wednesday when a judge ruled against JEA and said the contract is valid.
The decision handed down by U.S. District Judge Mark Cohen, who presides in the northern district of Georgia, means JEA is stuck with purchasing power at a steep cost for 20 years after construction finishes on Plant Vogtle’s two new reactors, according to WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.
“Once again, the gift that keeps on giving,” City Council member LeAnna Cumber said in a pointed tweet about Plant Vogtle and the judge’s ruling. “It highlights yet another reason for more stringent oversight over JEA. How this contract was ever entered into boggles the mind.”
JEA has said its cost for the Plant Vogtle agreement could amount to $4 billion over 20 years and warned it will force an increase in electric rates.