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

New Jersey Nuclear Profile 2010 New Jersey profile

New Jersey total electric power industry, summer capacity and net generation, by energy source, 2010  
Primary energy source Summer capacity
(mw)
Share of State total
(percent)
Net generation
(thousand mwh)
Share of State total
(percent)
Nuclear 4,108 22.3 32,771 49.9
Coal 2,036 11.1 6,418 9.8
Hydro and Pumped Storage 404 2.2 -176 -0.3
Natural Gas 10,244 55.6 24,902 37.9
Other 1 56 0.3 682 1.0
Other Renewable1 226 1.2 850 1.3
Petroleum 1,351 7.3 235 0.4
Total 18,424 100.0 65,682 100.0
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."

New Jersey 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
Oyster Creek
Unit 1
615 4,601 14.0 Exelon Nuclear
PSEG Hope Creek Generating Station
Unit 1
1,161 9,439 28.8 PSEG Nuclear LLC
PSEG Salem Generating Station
Unit 1, Unit 2
2,332 18,731 57.2 PSEG Nuclear LLC
3 Plants
4 Reactors
4,108 32,771 100.0  
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

Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant 
Unit Summer capacity
(mw)
Net generation
(thousand mwh)
Summer capacity factor (percent) Type Commercial operation date License expiration date
1 615 4,601 85.5 BWR 12/1/1969 4/9/2029
  615 4,601 85.5      
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: Exelon Generation

Location and Service Territory: The oldest operating nuclear power plant in the Nation, Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant is located on an 800-acre site at Forked River, New Jersey.

Construction Cost: $488 million (2007 USD)2

Staffing: The plant employs approximately 450 people, not including security personnel.

Reactor Descriptions: The nuclear generating unit is a General Electric Type 2 boiling water reactor.

Cooling System: A semicircular canal was dredged between two streams to create the horseshoe-shaped cooling water system. The water is drawn from Barnegat Bay on the east side of the site.


PSEG Hope Creek Generating Station Nuclear Plant 
Unit Summer capacity
(mw)
Net generation
(thousand mwh)
Summer capacity factor (percent) Type Commercial operation date License expiration date
1 1,161 9,439 92.8 BWR 12/20/1986 4/11/2026
  1,161 9,439 92.8      
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: PSEG Power

Location and Service Territory: Hope Creek nuclear power plant occupies an artificial island in Lower Alloways Creek Township, Salem County, New Jersey. Hope Creek plant shares the industrial site with the Salem plant.

Construction Cost: $8.510 billion (2007 USD)2

Staffing: The Salem and Hope Creek nuclear plants employ nearly 1,660 people.

Reactor Descriptions: Hope Creek has a single General Electric Type 4 boiling water reactor.

Cooling System: Hope Creek’s cooling system uses a 512-foot high natural draft cooling tower that draws water from the Delaware River.


PSEG Salem Nuclear Power Plant 
Unit Summer capacity
(mw)
Net generation
(thousand mwh)
Summer capacity factor (percent) Type Commercial operation date License expiration date
1 1,174 8,777 85.3 PWR 6/30/1977 8/13/2016
2 1,158 9,955 98.1 PWR 10/13/1981 4/18/2020
  2,332 18,731 91.7      
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: PSEG Power

Location and Service Territory: The Salem nuclear power plant is located near Salem, New Jersey, on a 700-acre site near in Lower Alloways Creek Township on the Delaware River. The plant shares a three-mile long island with the Hope Creek nuclear station.

Construction Cost: $4.283 billion (2007 USD) 2

Staffing: The Salem and Hope Creek nuclear plants employ nearly 1,660 people.

Reactor Descriptions: Salem has two, Westinghouse four-loop pressurized water reactors, each holding 193 fuel assemblies.

Cooling System: Salem uses a once-through cooling system that draws water from the Delaware River. The most visible feature on the site, the cooling tower, is used exclusively by the nearby Hope Creek plant.


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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