CATAWBA AND MCGUIRE EARN NRC LICENSE EXTENSION APPROVAL
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved the issuance of renewed operating licenses that will enable the two power plants to produce electricity into the 2040s.
“Duke Power-operated nuclear stations are the workhorses of our diverse energy mix,” said Michael S. Tuckman, executive vice president of nuclear generation. “Their safe, reliable, efficient performance will be vital in providing
Both McGuire and Catawba are among the most efficient nuclear stations in the country, according to data filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Catawba was ranked number one in lowest production costs in 2002. McGuire was 10th, primarily because it had two refueling outages last year compared to Catawba’s one.
Nuclear provides roughly half of all the electricity used by Duke Energy’s two million customers in the Piedmont area of
Catawba Nuclear Station serves its joint owners -- North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1, North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation, Piedmont Municipal Power Agency, Saluda River Electric Cooperative, Inc. and Duke Power.
This successful completion of the license renewal process means all three nuclear stations operated by Duke Power will be licensed to operate well into the 21st century. Oconee Nuclear Station, near
“Duke Power has been meeting its customers’ energy needs for 100 years,” Tuckman said. “The actions we take today will ensure we'll be there every time you turn on the lights.”
Catawba Nuclear Station is a two-unit power plant located on
McGuire Nuclear Station is a two-unit power plant located on Lake Norman, near Cornelius. Each of its units can generate electricity at a rate of 1,100 megawatts. McGuire unit 1 began commercial operation in 1981, unit 2 in 1984.
Duke Power, a business unit of Duke Energy, is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities and provides safe, reliable, competitively priced electricity to more than2 million customers in
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