Duke Energy submitted combined construction and operating license (COL) applications to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for the proposed Lee Nuclear Station in Gaffney, S.C., the Levy County site in Florida, and for two new units at its Harris site in New Hill, N.C.
The COLs are for Westinghouse AP1000® reactors designed to further enhance plant safety and operations.
The proposed facilities support communities’ energy, economic and environmental needs. They will also significantly reduce our carbon and overall environmental footprint and enable us to retire less efficient and higher-emitting plants. The proposed plants will also help stimulate each region’s economy through job creation and tax revenues, while meeting our customers’ need for clean, affordable and reliable electricity.
Public support of nuclear energy is vitally important now and in the future. Duke Energy’s history of safe and reliable operations is a history that we are extremely proud of, and will continue to focus on for years to come.
- Nuclear energy is one of the cleanest power sources in the U.S. today. It is the only electricity source that can reliably and efficiently produce power 24/7 with no greenhouse-gas emissions.
- Nuclear energy provides the greatest opportunity to reduce our company’s carbon footprint.
- The proposed facilities consist of Westinghouse AP1000 pressurized water reactors – one of the safest and most economical nuclear power technologies available in the commercial market.
- The average capacity factor for Duke Energy’s nuclear fleet – a measure of reliability – has remained at greater than 90 percent for the past 10 years.
- Nuclear power plants are among the lowest-cost providers of baseload electricity, producing electricity for about 2.14 cents per kilowatt-hour.
- Nuclear power plants are among the most secure facilities in the world today.
- The proposed facilities could increase the tax base for local and state economies.
- Construction jobs could peak at an estimated 4,000+ during the construction period.
- The plants would employ an estimated 900+ full-time workers during station operation, and local businesses may need to add new jobs and services to support these workers.