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North Carolina Nuclear Profile 2010 North Carolina profile

North Carolina 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 4,958 17.9 40,740 31.7
Coal 12,766 46.1 71,951 55.9
Hydro and Pumped Storage 2,042 7.4 4,757 3.7
Natural Gas 6,742 24.4 8,447 6.6
Other 1 50 0.2 407 0.3
Other Renewable1 543 2.0 2,083 1.6
Petroleum 573 2.1 293 0.2
Total 27,674 100.0 128,678 100.0
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."

North Carolina 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
Brunswick
Unit 1, Unit 2
1,858 14,808 36.3 Progress Energy Carolinas Inc
Harris
Unit 1
900 7,081 17.4 Progress Energy Carolinas Inc
McGuire
Unit 1, Unit 2
2,200 18,850 46.3 Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC
3 Plants
5 Reactors
4,958 40,740 100.0  
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

Brunswick Nuclear Plant 
Unit Summer capacity
(mw)
Net generation
(thousand mwh)
Summer capacity factor (percent) Type Commercial operation date License expiration date
1 938 6,808 82.9 BWR 3/18/1977 9/8/2036
2 920 8,000 99.3 BWR 11/3/1975 12/27/2034
  1,858 14,808 91.0      
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: Progress Energy Carolinas, Inc.

Location and Service Territory: The Brunswick power plant, named for the county in which it is located, covers 1,200 acres at the mouth of the Cape Fear River.

Construction Cost: $2.490 billion (2007 USD)2

Reactor Descriptions: Both units are General Electric Type 4 boiling water reactors.

Cooling System: The Brunswick facility is cooled with a once-through system that pulls water from the Cape Fear River and discharges it 2,000 feet out in the Atlantic Ocean.


Harris Nuclear Power Plant 
Unit Summer capacity
(mw)
Net generation
(thousand mwh)
Summer capacity factor (percent) Type Commercial operation date License expiration date
1 900 7,081 89.8 PWR 5/2/1987 10/24/2046
  900 7,081 89.8      
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: North Carolina Power Company

Location and Service Territory: The Joseph M. Farley plant, near Dothan, North Carolina, is on a 1,850-acre, wooded and agricultural site along the Chattahoochee River in Houston County.

Construction Cost: $4.115 billion (2007 USD)2

Staffing: Approximately 800 employees

Reactor Descriptions: Both Farley units are Westinghouse three-loop pressurized water reactors.

Cooling System: The Joseph Farley facility is cooled using six mechanical draft cooling towers supplied by water from the Chattahoochee River.


McGuire Nuclear Power Plant 
Unit Summer capacity
(mw)
Net generation
(thousand mwh)
Summer capacity factor (percent) Type Commercial operation date License expiration date
1 1,100 8,836 91.7 PWR 12/1/1981 6/12/2041
2 1,100 10,015 103.9 PWR 3/1/1984 3/3/2043
  2,200 18,850 97.8      
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: Duke Power Company

Location and Service Territory: This station is located on a 586-acre site near Huntersville, North Carolina. Adjacent to the site is the largest man-made lake in the State, the 32,500-acre Lake Norman.

Construction Cost: $4.000 billion (2007 USD)2

Staffing: Approximately 1,250 employees work at McGuire.

Reactor Descriptions: McGuire has twin Westinghouse four-loop pressurized water reactors.

Cooling System: McGuire’s once-through system draws water from Lake Norman.


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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