"Along with increased energy efficiency and conservation, and expanded use of renewables, natural gas and 21st century coal, it will be essential to build new nuclear power generation, the only proven large-scale generating technology that produces no greenhouse gas emissions."
- Buzz Miller
Southern Co. Executive Vice President, Nuclear Development
The independent U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted in February 2012 to grant a combined construction and operating license for two reactors at Southern Co. subsidiary Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle, near Waynesboro. It is the first combined license ever approved for a U.S. nuclear energy facility, which will become the nation’s first new nuclear units built in 30 years. On March 30, 2012, the NRC issued combined construction and operating licenses to South Carolina Electric & Gas Company for two reactors near Jenkinsville, South Carolina.
Some 16 companies and consortia are studying, licensing or building more than 30 nuclear power reactors. There are now five new nuclear plants under construction in the United States (Watts Bar 2, Summer 2, Summer 3, Vogtle 3, Vogtle 4). The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is actively reviewing 9 combined license applications from 8 companies and consortia for 14 new nuclear power plants. See New Nuclear Plant Status.