Progress Energy plans
to file for two combined construction and operating licenses
for two dual-unit nuclear powerplants in Florida and the Carolinas
and hopes to begin construction in 2010 with start up in 2015.
The Raleigh, N.C.-based utility
on Nov. 1 notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of its
plan to apply for a second combined license. It notified the
NRC in August that it would apply for a combined construction
and operating license for a plant in Florida.
The company plans to file both
applications with the NRC in 2008. Progress did not specify
the exact locations, but expects to announce both sites and
a reactor vendor by the end of the year, say company officials.
The plants would be built to
meet demand for base load generation needs in both of its
service areas. Progress has not added new baseload generating
plants since the mid-1980s, but its total number of customers
has risen by a million, say company officials.
The company said the notice
is not a commitment to build nuclear plants at either or both
locations, and officials said Progress is investigating other
Progress will make a final
decision on which generating options to build based on power
market conditions, population projections in the area of the
proposed plants, fuel prices, the regulatory environment and
the ability to obtain financing, say company officials. "We
will continue to work cooperatively with regulators, political
leaders and other stakeholders in the states we serve to ensure
we make the best long-term decisions to meet our customers
future energy needs," says Bob McGehee, chairman and
Progress is a part owner and
operator of the 1,838-MW Brunswick nuclear powerplant near
Cape Fear, N.C., and the 900-MW Shearon Harris nuclear powerplant
near Raleigh, N.C. It is the owner and operator of the 710-MW
H.B. Robinson nuclear plant near Hartsville, S.C. Progress
is part owner and operator of the 838-MW Crystal River nuclear
powerplant near Crystal River, Fla.
Progress Energy is a member
of NuStart Energy Development, a consortium of utilities and
vendors that has selected two sites to pursue the development
of new nuclear powerplants. Those sites are located at the
Grand Gulf Nuclear Station in Port Gibson, Miss., which is
owned by Entergy Corp., and the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant in
Scottsboro, Ala., which is owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority.