PSC Chairman Stan Wise won’t run again

[private]Stan Wise will end his career on the Public Service Commission after 24 years.

The chairman of the regulatory panel sent out a release Wednesday morning announcing he will not run for a fifth term in 2018.

Wise gave no reasons for stepping down, but if he had run for reelection he would have faced tough questioning next year over his role in the nuclear plant  boondoggle at Plant Vogtle.

Wise voted in 2009 to authorize the controversial project, which is now more than $3 billion over budget and more than four years behind schedule.

The PSC is scheduled to vote in February on whether to allow the floundering project to continue — about one month before qualifying begins for the 2018 elections.

“There is an old saying that happiness doesn’t come from doing easy work,” Wise said in his statement. “I was sent here to make tough decisions and I did my best to advance our state and its citizens.”

Wise loves nuclear power but has never been a big fan of alternative energy sources like solar power.

He often complained that allowing solar energy providers to operate imposed a “burden on the ratepayer,” overlooking the fact that his votes for Plant Vogtle and Georgia Power’s many rate increases imposed a much heavier burden on ratepayers.

“We congratulate and thank Chairman Wise for his years of service,” said Georgia Power President Paul Bowers. “He has fulfilled every commitment he has made on behalf of the citizens of Georgia, including strong support of American nuclear generation and other energy advancements.”

Wise, who formerly operated an insurance business in Cobb County, was elected to the Cobb County Commission in 1990 and then to his first term on the PSC in 1994.

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