Introduction Nuclear Power
Nuclear power provides about 20 percent of the electricity used in the United States. Duke Energy operates 11 nuclear units in the Carolinas at six plant sites.
Safety and security have always been the highest priority in Duke Energy’s nuclear program, which began in the 1960s with the construction of Robinson Nuclear Plant. Our plants are designed, built and operated for safety, with multiple barriers and redundant and diverse safety systems to protect the public, plant workers and the environment.
The cost of generating electricity with nuclear power is stable and economical. Among coal, natural gas and oil, nuclear power plants have had the lowest electricity production costs since 2001.
Duke Energy has operated nuclear plants for more than 40 years, setting industry benchmarks for safety and efficiency. And, with zero-carbon emissions, it is an important clean-energy resource for the future.