Duke Energy announced June 21 it has filed an application with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to renew Oconee Nuclear Station’s operating licenses for an additional 20 years. The facility’s operating licenses remain current through the early 2030s, but the subsequent or second license renewal would extend the operating licenses to 2053 and 2054.
“Oconee Nuclear Station has provided safe, reliable, carbon-free energy to customers and our communities for nearly 50 years,” said Oconee Nuclear Station site vice president Steve Snider.
“Renewing these operating licenses is a significant step toward achieving Duke Energy’s aggressive carbon reduction goals, which cannot be achieved without nuclear power.” The nuclear station, which is located on Lake Keowee in Seneca, has three generating units that produce more than 2,500 megawatts of carbon-free electricity.
The Oconee plant is the first Duke Energy nuclear station to submit an application for subsequent license renewal to the NRC. The company announced in 2019 it would seek to renew the operating licenses of the 11 reactors it operates at six sites for an additional 20 years.