February 6, 2024

Oglethorpe Power Delivers $37 Million Tax Payment to Burke County

Waynesboro, GA (Feb. 6, 2024) – Today Oglethorpe Power, Planters EMC and Jefferson Energy Cooperative presented Oglethorpe Power’s 2023 ad valorem tax payment of more than $37 million to the Burke County Tax Commissioner’s office, which will benefit the county’s school systems and local government. The payment is for Oglethorpe Power’s 30 percent ownership in Plant Vogtle Units 1, 2 and 3, a nuclear power plant located in Burke County, and its share of ownership in Plant Vogtle Unit 4, which is nearing the end of construction.

Oglethorpe Power is a wholesale electric power cooperative that is owned by and serves 38 consumer-owned, not-for-profit distribution cooperatives across Georgia, including Planters EMC and Jefferson Energy Cooperative, which provide electric service in Burke County and other area counties.

As an engaged corporate citizen in many counties throughout the state, Oglethorpe Power is dedicated to fostering strong community relationships and identifying areas of need that can enhance the quality of life for Georgia residents, with an emphasis on supporting underserved youth and enabling development through leadership and education programs. Last year in Burke County, Oglethorpe Power supported the Golden Harvest Food Bank, Burke Family YMCA and the REACH Georgia scholarship program.

“In addition to generating reliable, cost-effective electricity for electric cooperative consumers, Oglethorpe Power is dedicated to being an active corporate citizen in the communities we’re invested in,” said Mike Smith, Oglethorpe Power President & CEO. “We believe in being a committed community partner, and we take pride in fostering positive social impact in Burke County, a vibrant community that Plant Vogtle calls home.”

About Oglethorpe Power

Oglethorpe Power is among the nation’s largest power supply cooperatives and is one of the largest energy producers in Georgia. With more than $16 billion in assets, Oglethorpe Power owns and operates a diverse portfolio of resources to provide reliable, affordable, safe and environmentally responsible energy to 38 consumer-owned, not-for-profit Electric Membership Cooperatives (EMCs) that provide retail electricity to approximately 4.4 million Georgians. Through its investment in nuclear, natural gas, hydro and coal resources, Oglethorpe Power’s generation fleet has a combined capacity of more than 8,500 megawatts. For more information, visit www.opc.com.

About Planters EMC

Planters EMC is an electric cooperative that provides electricity and related services to 13,200 member-owners in Burke, Bulloch, Effingham, Emanuel, Jenkins, Richmond, and Screven counties.

About Jefferson Energy Cooperative

Jefferson Energy Cooperative is a member-owned electric cooperative providing electricity and related services to over 29,000 members in parts of eleven counties in the CSRA since 1937.


Contact: Blair Romero
Phone Number: 770-270-7290
Email: blair.romero@opc.com ­­­­