New operating nuclear power plant in the U.S
May 08, 2024

New operating nuclear power plant in the U.S

On April 29th, Georgia Power announced the commercial operation of the Vogtle 4 nuclear power plant to serve costumers all over the state of Georgia (U.S). This new unit will produce enough electricity to power around 500.000 homes and enterprises with reliable emission free energy for the next 60 to 80 years.

 

The U.S. nuclear power unit Vogtle 4 has entered commercial operation in April 2024, after Vogtle 3 did so in 2023. With four units in operation in this site, more than 30 million megawatt hours of electricity are expected to be produced each year. That makes Vogtle the largest generator of clean energy in the U.S.

Vogtle, with four units in operation, has become the largest generator of clean energy in the U.S

Construction process of Vogtle units 3 and 4

The construction of Unit 4 was part of the Vogtle expansion project. This unit began start-up testing and validation of all procedures earlier this year and has been fully operational since April after its synchronization to the grid, Georgia Power reports.

 

Vogtle 4 has passed all start-up tests and has been consistently generating electricity since April

Positive economic impact

Georgia Public Service Commission approved the construction of Vogtle 3 and 4 as part of the continuous Integrated Resource Plan. A process that describes, analyses, and discusses the company's 20 years plan to provide clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy to millions of customers.

Georgia Power ensures that Vogtle expansion project has helped bring thousands of megawatts to Georgia in recent years, as well as new technologies such as battery energy storage systems.

 

Vogtle nuclear power plant is helping to bring thousands of megawatts for millions of customers in Georgia

New operating nuclear power plant in the U.S
Las 4 unidades operativas en el emplazamiento de Vogtle. (Foto: Georgia Power)

“It’s an exciting time to be a Georgian as our state continues to grow and thrive, with new demand for more clean energy each year”, said Kim Greene, chairman, president, and CEO of Georgia Power. “I’m also so proud of the teams who have worked tirelessly to deliver the first newly constructed nuclear units in the U.S. in more than 30 years – representing a long-term investment that will benefit our customers and the state of Georgia for decades to come”, she added.

The construction of Vogtle 3 and 4 has provided billions of dollars of positive economic impact for Georgia and local communities. In addition to the 800 permanent jobs created by the new units, the site employed more than 9,000 onsite jobs at the peak of construction including engineers, welders, electricians, pipefitters, plumbers and many more.

The construction of Vogtle 3 and 4 has provided billions of dollars of positive economic impact for Georgia and local communities

“Working with our partners across government, industry, labour and beyond, we have added new nuclear generation to the diverse energy resources that enhance the reliability, resiliency and affordability of our system as we work to achieve our goal to be net zero by 2050. These new Vogtle units not only will support the economy within our communities now and in the future, but they also demonstrate our global nuclear leadership”, concludes Chris Womack, chairman, president and CEO of Southern Company, that operates these reactors on behalf of the co-owners Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power, MEAG Power and Dalton Utilities.

The United States currently has 94 reactors in operation, which provide more than 18% of its electricity year after year.

Cover photo: Georgia Power.

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