Approval of the first new nuclear operating licence in the USA for at least three decades is being hailed as a “crucial step” in revitalising the country’s nuclear industry by an American trade group.
US federal regulators yesterday gave state utility Georgia Power a licence to build two new reactors near its existing nuclear plant.
Tom Kuhn, president of the Edison Electric Institute, the association of US shareholder-owned electric companies said: “We commend the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for giving the green light to Georgia Power to build its new reactors at its Vogtle site [near Burke County, Georgia].
“As we move toward a cleaner, more modern and reliable electric grid that gives customers greater choice in the way they use electricity, we’ll need it all – from nuclear and increasingly clean coal-based generation to natural gas, renewables and increased efficiency.”
Approval for a licence for two more reactors are also on the cards, suggested Mr Kuhn, for power firm SCANA Corp’s nuclear plant in neighbouring state South Carolina.