[ RadSafe ] FW: Another article about STP

Flowerday, Scott Scott.Flowerday at dhs.gov
Wed Jun 21 11:36:48 CDT 2006


Company plans Texas nuclear power projects

10:41 AM CDT on Wednesday, June 21, 2006

By ELIZABETH SOUDER / The Dallas Morning News 

NRG Energy Inc. announced on Wednesday plans to build nearly a dozen new
power generation plants across the country in the next decade, including
two nuclear plants in Texas. 

The Princeton, N.J., company wants to add two more units to its South
Texas Project nuclear plant, as well as build another coal-fired power
plant and boost its natural gas-fired power capacity. The company will
also add wind power in Texas. 

NRG plans to also develop coal-fired plants in the northeastern U.S. and
in the South, and gas-fired capacity in the Northeast and the West. 

NRG said the new plants would cost $16 billion, which would come from
outside investors and partners. The nuclear additions would cost $5.2
billion, the company said. 

"NRG's development program is designed to meet the growing needs of
these regions, while both reducing their dependence on natural gas for
power generation purposes and making meaningful progress towards
reducing our carbon profile," Chief Executive David Crane said in a

The company said it will cut its emissions of pullutants and carbon
dioxide in the process. Once the nuclear facilities are finished, NRG
expects to have cut its total emissions in Texas by 20 to 30 percent. 

NRG also said on Wednesday it bought Padoma Wind Power LLC, which is
developing wind power in Texas, California and New Mexico. 

The company said it filed on Monday a letter of intent with the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission to build 2,700 megawatts of nuclear power at the
existing South Texas Project nuclear facility. 

NRG also said it filed last week an air permit application for a new 800
megawatt pulverized coal unit, as well as permits to boost the capacity
of two other existing coal units. 

Further, NRG will boost the output of its natural gas-powered generators
in the Houston area. 



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