Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4
Nuclear energy is a viable way to meet anticipated new demand for electricity with the added benefit of no greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide. Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power is currently building two new nuclear units at Plant Vogtle in Burke County, Georgia.
Plant Vogtle units 3 and 4 will be the first new nuclear units built in the three decades, and the first to use the Westinghouse AP1000 advanced pressurized water reactor technology. This technology allows nuclear cores to be cooled even in the absence of operator interventions or mechanical assistance. We believe the AP1000 to be the safest and most economical nuclear power plant available in the worldwide commercial marketplace. More about the AP1000 »
Southern Nuclear — Southern Company's nuclear plant operating company — is overseeing construction of the new Vogtle units. Unit 3 is scheduled to be completed in 2019 and Unit 4 is expected to be completed in 2020. Southern Nuclear, which currently operates Plant Vogtle's existing nuclear units as well as those at Georgia Power's Plant Hatch and Alabama Power's Plant Farley, will oversee operations of the new units once they are completed.
Upon completion, Georgia Power will own 45.7 percent of the two new 1,100-megawatt reactors. The remaining ownership is split among Oglethorpe Power, the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG) and Dalton Utilities.
Southern Company is committed to nuclear energy as an integral component of our full portfolio strategy for power generation. As part of our long-range planning to identify the most cost-effective, reliable and environmentally responsible fuel sources, we continue to evaluate sites within our service territory for potential location of nuclear facilities. Among those areas under preliminary consideration is a site in Stewart County, Georgia, near Columbus.
For information on used fuel, see waste reduction - solids.