Dominion wants to keep Va. nuclear plants online until 2060

WASHINGTON — Dominion Virginia Power parent company Dominion Energy Inc. plans to file for a license renewal for its two-unit North Anna Power Station in Louisa County in 2020, and for a license renewal for its two Surry Power Station units in Surry County in 2019.

If approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the renewals would keep Dominion’s two Lake Anna plants online through 2058 and 2060, and its Surry plants online until 2052 and 2053.

Like all U.S. nuclear units, the North Anna and Surry units were originally licensed to operate for 40 years. All four were renewed for an additional 20 years of operation in 2003.

“Renewing North Anna Power Station’s licenses for a second 20-year period is the right thing to do for our customers, the regional economy and the environment,” said Daniel Stoddard, chief nuclear officer for Dominion’s nuclear generation division.

“The planned relicensing of North Anna and Surry ensures that the benefits of these clean energy sources will continue to provide affordable, reliable, carbon-free electricity to our customers through the middle of the century,” he said.

Dominion says its North Anna and Surry plants directly support more than 2,000 jobs.

The company also said it will invest $4 billion on upgrades to both facilities, and it sees no significant barriers that would prevent license renewals.

North Anna Unit 1 began service in 1978, and Unit 2 came online in 1980. Its Surry plants began commercial service in 1972 and 1973.

In May, the NRC approved construction of a third nuclear reactor at North Anna.

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Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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