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South Texas Project, Texas

On June 19, 2006, NRG Energy — a Princeton, N.J.-based merchant wholesale power generating company — filed a letter of intent with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to build two new nuclear reactors at the South Texas Project near Bay City, Texas. There are presently two operating reactors at the site, which is co-owned by NRG, CPS Energy in San Antonio, and Austin Power.

On September 20, 2007, NRG Energy, the second largest power producer in Texas, submitted their application to the NRC.  The application is the first in nearly three decades to be received by the NRC and the first to be reviewed under the combined license process (COL).  On January 30, 2008, the NRC, citing the application as incomplete, a petition filed by the Sustainable Energy and Economiic Dvelopment (SEED) Coalition caused  the license review process to be suspended for the two proposed reactors.  The review could resume in late 2008.

NRG is seeking to build two new nuclear reactor units with a total capacity of 1,300megawatts to the existing nuclear facility in Bay City, Texas. NRG initially estimated that the project would cost  $5.4 billion.  New estimates by NRG and Toshiba with financing included are over three times that amount.  To view NRG's application, click here.

In response to the submittal, a new coalition has formed to oppose the proposed reactors.  The coalition is led by Public Citizen's Texas office and the Sustainable Energy and Economic Development Coalition.

Additional Resources:

View Public Citizen's press release on NRG's announcement

View Public Citizen's statement on NRG's new reactor proposal

Information on the ability of renewable energy to meet Texas' needs

The State Energy Conservation Office's extensive website.


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