By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here
Posted: November 4, 2018 | 3:45 p.m.
SURRY – On October 16, Dominion Energy filed and application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to renew the operating licenses for another 20 years for the Surry Power Station, thus ensuring the availability of safe, reliable, affordable, clean energy through 2053, according to a press release from Dominion..
This makes it the first nuclear station in the Commonwealth to seek a second renewal of its licenses, beyond the original 40-year license terms granted in 1972 and 1973. Clean electricity for 419,000 homes in Virginia can be produced by the power station’s two nuclear units. In combination with North Anna, these produce 31 percent of the electricity for the company’s 2.5 million customers.
“Our application to renew Surry Power Station’s licenses for another 20-year period is good news for our customers, the regional economy and the environment,” said Dan Stoddard, Dominion Energy’s Chief Nuclear Officer. “Our customers will benefit from continuing to receive safe, reliable, affordable, and clean electricity from the station through 2053.
“Renewing the operation of Surry also positions Virginia for economic growth and will help the Commonwealth remain a leader in the production of clean energy among other states in the mid-Atlantic and South. It supports more than 900 high-paying jobs at the station and produces additional economic and tax benefits.”
Surry Units 1 and 2 can continue to provide safe, reliable and affordable electricity to customers under its current licenses through 2032 and 2033, respectively. With renewed licenses, the units may operate to 2052 and 2053, respectively, ensuring customers continue to benefit from the always-on, 24/7 electricity the station produces. Both are three-loop Westinghouse pressurized water reactors – capable of providing 1,676 net megawatts, or about 15 percent of the electricity Dominion’s customers receive.
The Surry units, like all U.S. nuclear units, were originally licensed to operate for 40 years and then were renewed for 20 additional years of operation on March 20, 2003, following a stringent review process authorized under federal law. The company could spend as much as $4 billion over the next decade on the Surry-North Anna relicensing program, which has bipartisan support in Virginia.
Nearly 6 million customers in 19 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy, according to the company. Through its Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, as well as EnergyShare and other programs, Dominion Energy plans to contribute more than $30 million in 2018 to community causes throughout its footprint and beyond.
When reached for comment, Ray Phelps, Emergency Services Coordinator of Surry County, said, “Surry county is looking forward to continuing our working relationship with Dominion Energy for many more years to come. They have been a vital part of our community and it is great to hear that they are planning to continue to be.”