Monday, July 27, 2009

Southern Co. pondering another new nuke plant in 2011

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 5:23 PM

The Atlanta-based energy behemoth says it's filing paperwork for the project right around time its Georgia Power subsidiary starts charging ratepayers for two new reactors at Plant Vogtle near Augusta.

Bloomberg News reports:

Southern Co., the biggest U.S. power producer, is considering building a nuclear power plant in the U.S. to meet demand for electricity and limit the emissions of fossil fuels blamed for global warming.

Southern, based in Atlanta, plans to file for a combined construction and operating license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2011, Beth Thomas, a spokeswoman, said in a telephone interview today. The company hasn’t picked a site for the new facility, she said.

Southern, which serves 4.4 million customers in the Southeast, already plans to expand its Vogtle nuclear plant in Georgia to add two 1,100-megawatt reactors at the site, which already has two operating units. The Energy Daily reported the plan for the new plant on its Web site yesterday.

Energy Daily always gets the scoops! Damn you, Energy Daily!

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