TXU Plans to Increase Nuclear Power

by | Sep 3, 2006

TXU plans to file applications with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2008 for construction and operating licenses for two to six GW of new nuclear-fueled power generation capacity at one to three sites.

The company announced that it wants to bring the new capacity on line between 2015 and 2020. TXU previously announced 9.1 GW of coal power generation capacity that expects to be on line by 2010.

TXU has had preliminary discussions with the Lower Colorado River Authority and the City of San Antonio’s CPS Energy, and will also invite other electric cooperatives and municipalities to partner in the plan.
TXU’s plan includes using its existing asset base where possible to bring on the new capacity, including adding over two GW of new capacity at its Comanche Peak nuclear facility.

TXU is reviewing its inventory of sites that were identified for nuclear power development over the last 30 years along with potential new sites in Texas and in other states.
TXU is currently working with GE, Westinghouse, AREVA and other nuclear suppliers to select a preferred technology with the objective of driving down capital costs by 30 to 40 percent from average public industry estimates of approximately $2,100 per kW.

By filing for a COL before December 31, 2008, TXU expects to receive nuclear production tax credits, nuclear risk insurance and federal loan guarantees specified in the 2005 Energy Policy Act. Such credits available to the industry are estimated to total $6 billion and would be allocated among qualifying facilities. The estimated costs of preparing and filing COLs for up to six GW are estimated to be $50 million to $150 million.

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