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Atlanta-based Southern Co. says it’s set to become the second-largest utility provider in the country after the Georgia Public Service Commission on Thursday approved a reported $8 billion merger deal with AGL Resources, a natural gas provider serving several states.

Georgia Power’s nuclear expansion project at Plant Vogtle in Augusta is getting a big financial boost. The U.S. Department of Energy has formally signed off on $6.5 billion in federal loan guarantees for the project.

The loan money was tentatively approved back in 2010, but federal officials and Georgia Power and its partners spent years negotiating the terms.

The first state hearing on a new rate hike request by Georgia Power was cut short today.

Georgia Power wants to charge typical residential customers about $8 more per month to help pay for infrastructure maintenance and regulatory compliance.

But after an hour of fairly standard public comment, public service commissioners called off the hearing to reconsider the timing of the entire rate case.

Commissioner Bubba McDonald initiated the move, which many called unexpected. He said a delay of up to a year may be in order.