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October 12, 2005

U.S. Utilities Move Ahead with Plans for Three Nuclear Plants

The U.S. utility industry announced plans on September 22nd to prepare license applications to build nuclear reactors at three sites in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. NuStart Energy Development LLC, a consortium of utilities and nuclear energy suppliers, announced that it would develop construction and operating license applications for two sites: the Grand Gulf Nuclear Station, owned by Entergy and located near Port Gibson, Mississippi; and the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant, owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority and located near Scottsboro, Alabama. On the same day, Entergy announced separate plans to apply for a license at a site adjacent to its existing River Bend Station near Baton Rouge, Louisiana. So far, none of the utilities have committed to actually building a nuclear plant. See the press releases from NuStart Energy and Entergy.

Meanwhile, two utilities in South Carolina—Santee Cooper and South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G)—have announced plans to study building a new nuclear reactor in that state, with the intent of meeting power generation needs starting in 2015. In North Carolina, Progress Energy is planning to submit a license for a new nuclear plant, although it has not named a location. And Baltimore-based Constellation Energy has formed its own consortium, called UniStar Nuclear, to bring a European nuclear reactor design to the United States. The company named the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Plant in Lusby, Maryland, and the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station near Syracuse, New York, as potential sites for the plant. See the press releases from SCANA (the parent company of SCE&G), Progress Energy, and UniStar Nuclear.