FILE- In this Feb. 15, 2012 file photo, U.S. Secretary of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, right, exits the stage with Southern Company President and CEO Thomas Fanning as cooling towers fo

 

              FILE- In this Feb. 15, 2012 file photo, U.S. Secretary of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, right, exits the stage with Southern Company President and CEO Thomas Fanning as cooling towers fo
FILE- In this Feb. 15, 2012 file photo, U.S. Secretary of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, right, exits the stage with Southern Company President and CEO Thomas Fanning as cooling towers for units 1 and 2 are seen in the background at left as the new reactor vessel bottom head for unit 3 stands under construction at right, on a visit of the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Waynesboro, Ga. Vogtle initially estimated to cost $14 billion, has run into over $800 million in extra charges related to licensing delays. A state monitor has said bluntly that co-owner, Southern Co. can’t stick to its budget. The plant, whose first reactor was supposed to be operational by April 2016, is now delayed seven months. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)