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The Plan - Meeting Demand Without Emissions
The most cost-effective, reliable and environmentally responsible fuel source today, for baseload generation of electricity, is nuclear. Nuclear energy fits in Southern Company's mix of smart energy sources. It's a proven technology that produces no greenhouse gas emissions and can relieve cost uncertainty caused by coal and natural gas prices.
By 2030, electrical demand is projected to increase 27 percent in the Southeast. Additionally, current and pending legislation and environmental standards are impacting electricity generation fueled by coal. We're planning to use nuclear units to extend reliable and affordable supplies of electricity in the Southeast.
Southern Nuclear already operates three nuclear facilities: Hatch, Farley and Vogtle, each with multiple generating units. Plant Vogtle was constructed with the option to expand. With operations expected in 2016 and 2017, Vogtle Units 3 and 4 will be the first new nuclear units built in the U.S. in the last three decades.
February - Vogtle Unit 3 deaerator arrives on site.
October - Vogtle 3 and 4 project surpasses 10 million work hours at the site.
August - Load test for the Heavy Lift Derrick is completed.
February - Nuclear Regulatory Commission issues Construction and Operating Licenses for Vogtle units 3 and 4.
February - The condenser for Unit 3 arrives on-site in the first rail delivery of components for the Vogtle 3 and 4 project.
December - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission certified Westinghouse Electric Co.'s AP1000 reactor design.
August - Southern Nuclear received the Final Safety Evaluation Report from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's technical staff for the Combined Construction and Operating License for Vogtle units 3 and 4.
August - Training classes began at a new state-of-the-art facility built for initial and continuing training of Vogtle units 3 and 4 employees.
August - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the Final Safety Evaluation Report for Westinghouse Electric Company's AP1000 reactor design.
July - The first AP1000 component, a floor section of a very large structural module that ultimately will become the plant's auxiliary building, was delivered by Shaw Modular Solutions to the Vogtle 3 and 4 site.
April - The mudmats for units 3 and 4 are poured.
March - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission completed its Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) for a Limited Work Authorization (LWA) and the Combined Construction and Operating Licenses (COL) for the Vogtle units 3 and 4. The NRC, in its FSEIS, concluded that there are no environmental impacts that would preclude issuing the LWA and COLs for construction and operation of the proposed reactors at the site.
June - Southern Company and the Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the company's Georgia Power subsidiary has reached an agreement with DOE to accept terms for a conditional commitment for loan guarantees for Vogtle units 3 and 4.
March - Safety-related construction began with the first placement of backfill soil into the area excavated for Unit 3.
February - President Obama and DOE Secretary Steven Chu announce the award of conditional loan guarantees for Vogtle Units 3 and 4. The DOE loan guarantees are expected to save Georgia Power's customers millions in interest costs annually over the expected life of any guaranteed borrowing.
August - Excavation of the area where the new units are planned began at the plant site.
August - Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4 received an ESP from the NRC. The Vogtle ESP is the first in the industry to reference a specific technology and to come with a Limited Work Authorization (LWA) which allows limited safety-related construction at the site prior to receiving the COL.
July - Southern Nuclear begins training Operations instructors for Vogtle Units 3 and 4.
June - Southern Nuclear cleared another hurdle in the licensing process for new units at Plant Vogtle when the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board issued its ruling on contentions related to the Early Site Permit (ESP) application. The ASLB ruled in favor of Southern Nuclear and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff in all cases.
May - Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4 were named NuStart's reference plant for AP1000 technology.
April -- Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue signed into law Senate Bill 31, which allows Georgia Power to recover financing costs during the construction of nuclear units while they're being built, plus reducing the plant's costs to customers.
April - Georgia Power provided the Westinghouse-Shaw consortium full notice to proceed on Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4. Shaw and Westinghouse began mobilizing at the plant site and performing activities to support construction.
March - The NRC's ASLB held its hearings to review contentions on the Plant Vogtle ESP.
March - Georgia Power received certification from the Georgia Public Service Commission to build new units at the site.
November - Southern Nuclear was notified that five petitioners filed a petition to intervene in the COL application that the company filed for new units at Plant Vogtle. The groups are Atlanta Womens Action for New Direction (WAND), Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL), Center for a Sustainable Coast, Savannah Riverkeeper and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE).
May - Georgia Power submitted a nuclear self-build option to the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) to meet demand in the 2016-2017 timeframe. The company received no other bids in response to its 2016-2017 baseload capacity request for proposals. The Georgia PSC rules require market bids to be compared with self-build proposals, but no market bids were received.
April - Georgia Power entered into an Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract with the Westinghouse-Shaw consortium to construct two Westinghouse AP1000 units at the site. This agreement was signed on April 8, 2008.
March - Southern Nuclear filed a Combined Construction and Operating License (COL) application with the NRC for new units at the Vogtle site.
March - The NRC's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) announced that it will allow a group of organizations to intervene in the ESP process for new units at Plant Vogtle. This announcement came following a pre-hearing in February where the ASLB reviewed information presented by the intervenors.
December - A group of organizations filed a petition to intervene in the ESP for Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4. The groups are Atlanta Womens Action for New Direction (WAND), Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL), Center for a Sustainable Coast, Savannah Riverkeeper and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE).
August - Southern Nuclear filed an Early Site Permit (ESP) for new units at the Plant Vogtle site.
January - Southern Nuclear selects Westinghouse AP1000 technology for new units at the Plant Vogtle site.
August - Southern Nuclear announced its intent to file an ESP or pre COL application in the summer of 2006.
August - Southern Nuclear announced, on behalf of the Plant Vogtle co-owners, that it had officially informed the NRC that it had selected the Plant Vogtle site to evaluate for possible new nuclear generation.
August - The Energy Policy Act of 2005 was signed into law.
July - Southern Nuclear notified the NRC of a potential site selection for its ESP application. That site was Plant Vogtle.
February - Southern Nuclear sent a notice of intent letter to the NRC stating its intent to submit an application for an Early Site Permit for a new nuclear plant. At that time, the company said that no site had been selected for new nuclear generation.
March - Southern Company became a founding member of the NuStart Energy Consortium.