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Data for 2010  |  Release Date: April 26, 2012  |  Next Release: February 2013  |   full report

Louisiana Nuclear Profile 2010 Louisiana profile

Louisiana total electric power industry, summer capacity and net generation, by energy source, 2010  
Primary energy source Summer capacity
(nw)
Share of State total
(percent)
Net generation
(thousand nwh)
Share of State total
(percent)
Nuclear 2,142 8.0 18,639 18.1
Coal 3,417 12.8 23,924 23.3
Hydro and Pumped Storage 192 0.7 1,109 1.1
Natural Gas 19,574 73.2 51,344 49.9
Other 1 213 0.8 2,120 2.1
Other Renewable1 325 1.2 2,468 2.4
Petroleum 881 3.3 3,281 3.2
Total 26,744 100.0 102,885 100.0
1Municipal Solid Waste net generation is allocated according to the biogenic and non-biogenic components of the fuel; however, all Municipal Solid Waste summer capacity is classified as Renewable.
Notes: Totals may not equal sum of components due to independent rounding.
Other: Blast furnace gas, propane gas, other manufactured and waste gases derived from fossil fuels, non-biogenic municipal solid waste, batteries, chemicals, hydrogen, pitch, purchased steam, sulfur, tire-derived fuel, and miscellaneous technologies.
Other Renewable: Wood, black liquor, other wood waste, biogenic municipal solid waste, landfill gas, sludge waste, agriculture byproducts, other biomass, geothermal, solar thermal, photovoltaic energy, and wind.
Sources: Form EIA-860, "Annual Electric Generator Report," and Form EIA-923, "Power Plant Operations Report."

Louisiana nuclear power plants, summer capacity and net generation, 2010  
Plant name/total reactors Summer capacity
(mw)
Net generation
(thousand mwh)
Share of State nuclear
net generation (percent)
Owner
River Bend
Unit 1
974 7,363 44.9 Entergy Gulf States Louisiana LLC
Waterford 3
Unit 3
1,168 10,276 55.1 Entergy Louisiana Inc
2 Plants
2 Reactors
2,142 18,639 100.0  
Note: Totals may not equal sum of components due to independent rounding.
Source: Form EIA-860, "Annual Electric Generator Report," and Form EIA-923, "Power Plant Operations Report."

Plants in State

River Bend Station Nuclear Plant 
Unit Summer capacity
(mw)
Net generation
(thousand mwh)
Summer capacity factor (percent) Type Commercial operation date License expiration date
1 974 8,363 98.0 BWR 6/16/1986 8/29/2025
  974 8,363 98.0      
Data for 2010
BWR = Boiling Water Reactor.
Note: Totals may not equal sum of components due to independent rounding.
Source: Form EIA-860, "Annual Electric Generator Report," and Form EIA-923, "Power Plant Operations Report."

Operator: Entergy Gulf States

Location and Service Territory: The River Bend Station is on a 3,300-acre site in West Feliciana near the State Capitol at Baton Rouge.

Construction Cost: $7.198 billion (2007 USD)2

Staffing: The plant has approximately 560 full-time employees.

Reactor Descriptions: The nuclear generating unit is a General Electric Type 6 boiling water reactor.

Cooling System: Cooling water is supplied by the Mississippi River for its mechanical draft cooling towers.


Waterford Stream Electric Nuclear Power Plant 
Unit Summer capacity
(mw)
Net generation
(thousand mwh)
Summer capacity factor (percent) Type Commercial operation date License expiration date
3 1,168 10,276 100.4 PWR 9/24/1985 12/18/2024
  1,168 10,276 100.4      
Data for 2010
PWR = Pressurized Light Water Reactor.
Note: Totals may not equal sum of components due to independent rounding.
Source: Form EIA-860, "Annual Electric Generator Report," and Form EIA-923, "Power Plant Operations Report."

Operator: Entergy Louisiana

Location and Service Territory: The Waterford plant is on a 3,000-acre site near Taft, Louisiana, in St. Charles Parish. This is the closest nuclear plant to New Orleans.

Construction Cost: $5.476 billion (2007 USD)2

Reactor Descriptions: The two-loop, pressurized water reactor at Waterford was built by Combustion Engineering.

Cooling System: Waterford relies on mechanical draft cooling towers that draw water from the Mississippi River.


2Nuclear Power Plant Construction Activity, DOE/EIA-0473(86), Energy Information Administration, 1986, pp 16-17, Table 5. Adjusted to 2007 Dollars using Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index.

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