In terms of national importance, Georgia Power's $14-billion-plus Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion project nearly stands alone. At a 2014 ceremony finalizing the project's $6.5 billion in federal loan guarantees, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz noted as much when he said, "This energy infrastructure build-out is not only for Georgia, not only for the United States, but for the world."
"Only [Jacobs] gives a balanced presentation of the facts," says Jim McGaughy, consultant and founder of GDS Associates, Jacobs' employer. "The feeling when this project started was that it would be different this time with a new generation of nuclear projects. So far, it is not much different."
In a statement to ENR, Jacobs says the project is "of utmost importance" to the global nuclear-energy industry and reiterates his insistence that builders "be transparent and provide accurate information to the public and the engineering and construction industry."
For providing the construction and engineering industry—and the general public—with these important insights about this critical national project, ENR has recognized Jacobs as one of this year's 25 Newsmakers.