U.S. Utilities Exploring Nuclear Options

With rising natural gas prices and continuing environmental concerns about coal, U.S. utilities are reconsidering the potential advantages of nuclear-power generating plants. Chicago-based Exelon Generation and Richmond, Va.-based Dominion Resources have both begun the permit-application process to build nuclear plants on land adjoining some of their existing plants.

12/01/2003


With rising natural gas prices and continuing environmental concerns about coal, U.S. utilities are reconsidering the potential advantages of nuclear-power generating plants. Chicago-based Exelon Generation and Richmond, Va.-based Dominion Resources have both begun the permit-application process to build nuclear plants on land adjoining some of their existing plants.

Neither company has announced immediate plans to build new nuclear facilities. The applications for early site permits represent the first stage of a two-stage process now required by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The approval process for these permits could take up to 33 months, according to a Sept. 25 Reuters report. The utilities would then have to apply for a license to build and operate a reactor if they decided to proceed with construction.

In both cases, the permits cover plants designed to contain more reactors than were eventually built. Exelon's application targets its Clinton, Ill., facility, which was originally intended to include two reactors instead of just the existing single unit. Dominion is seeking to add a third unit to its twin-reactor North Anna station in Mineral Virginia. That site was planned for a total of four units.





No comments
Consulting-Specifying Engineer's Product of the Year (POY) contest is the premier award for new products in the HVAC, fire, electrical, and...
Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing the most talented young individuals...
The MEP Giants program lists the top mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering firms in the United States.
BIM coordination; MEP projects; NFPA 13; Data center Q&A; Networked lighting controls; 2017 Product of the Year finalists
Emergency lighting; NFPA 3 and 4; Integrated building systems; Smart lighting, HVAC design
Designing for energy efficiency; Understanding and applying NFPA 101 for mission critical facilities; Integrating commissioning and testing for fire alarm systems; Optimizing unitary pumping solutions
Tying a microgrid to the smart grid; Paralleling generator systems; Previewing NEC 2017 changes
Driving motor efficiency; Preventing Arc Flash in mission critical facilities; Integrating alternative power and existing electrical systems
Putting COPS into context; Designing medium-voltage electrical systems; Planning and designing resilient, efficient data centers; The nine steps of designing generator fuel systems
As brand protection manager for Eaton’s Electrical Sector, Tom Grace oversees counterfeit awareness...
Amara Rozgus is chief editor and content manager of Consulting-Specifier Engineer magazine.
IEEE power industry experts bring their combined experience in the electrical power industry...
Michael Heinsdorf, P.E., LEED AP, CDT is an Engineering Specification Writer at ARCOM MasterSpec.
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
click me