Construction at Comanche Peak Nuclear Plant started in the mid-1970s on a 10,000-acre site outside of Glen Rose, Texas and in 1990, the Power Plant finally plugged into the grid.
Both units are Westinghouse Pressurized-Water Reactors (PWR) with a combined capacity factor of 2,300 MW- enough to produce power to 1.15 million homes in normal conditions and 460,000 homes in periods of peak demand.
The plant has 15 years remaining on its license with the NRC and will soon apply for a 20 year extension. Plans for 2 more reactors was first filed with the NRC back in 2008 but was suspended in 2013 due to factors of a natural gas boom lowering prices in Texas. The company did not withdraw its application entirely though, leaving open the possibility that it might eventually expand.
Since 1990 the plant has contributed more than $1 billion to neighboring communities through tax payments, payroll, purchases and other expenditures and currently employee about 1,300 people.
Congratulations Comanche Peak on providing safe and reliable power for the last 25 years!
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