1st US nuclear reactor built from scratch in decades enters commercial operation in Georgia
- Jul 31, 2023 12:31 pm GMT
At its full output of 1,100 megawatts of electricity, Unit 3 can power 500,000 homes and businesses. Utilities in
A fourth reactor is also nearing completion at the site, where two earlier reactors have been generating electricity for decades.
The third and fourth reactors were originally supposed to cost
The third reactor was supposed to start generating power in 2016 when construction began in 2009.
Vogtle is important because government officials and some utilities are again looking to nuclear power to alleviate climate change by generating electricity without burning natural gas, coal and oil.
Georgia Power’s 2.7 million customers are already paying part of the financing cost and elected public service commissioners have approved a monthly rate increase of
Commissioners will decide later who pays for the remainder of the costs of Vogtle, including the fourth reactor.
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