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Dominion power now says Unit 3 at North Anna Power Station--if it is built--won't be producing power until 2019 at the earliest
Jerry Rosenthal, with People's Alliance for Clean Energy and a longtime opponent of new reactors at North Anna, says the industry's optimism is misplaced.
"I think three big things are happening. One is the continuing delay" in the application process, he said. Second, "Dominion is not even on the list of getting a loan guarantee; and the nuclear option has become completely uneconomical."
Rosenthal, who lives in Louisa County not far from North Anna, said that while the cost of producing power by wind and solar generation is coming down, "nuclear has been on an upward spiral."
He noted that neither Dominion nor Mitsubishi has released estimates on how much Unit 3 would cost.
Dominion's Zuercher says that figure won't be set until negotiations are complete.
"I know we're working to get acceptable financial arrangements to make the project go forward," Zuercher said.
Dominion also operates three other nuclear power plants: Surry Power Station on the James River, Millstone Power Station in Connecticut and Kewaunee
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North Anna Power Station's Units 1 and 2 went online in 1978 and 1980, respectively.
The plant's two Westinghouse pressurized water reactors produce 1,806 megawatts of electricity--enough to power about 450,000 homes.
The plant was originally designed for four reactors, but only two were built.
Unit 3, if it is built, would produce about 1,500 megawatts of power and would be constructed near the existing units on the Louisa County shore of Lake Anna.