What Are the Nuclear Power Plants in Texas?


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There are two nuclear power plants in operation in Texas as of 2014. They are the South Texas Project and the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant. Both plants have twin reactors.

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The South Texas Project is located approximately 90 miles southwest of Houston in Matagorda County. The Comanche Peak nuclear power plant is located around 40 miles south of Ft. Worth in Somervell County.

The South Texas Project generates 2,700 megawatts of electricity, and Comanche Peak generates 2,300 megawatts. Together, the two plants supply 60 percent of Texas' emission-free power, according to the Nuclear Energy Institute. Both are planning additional reactors, and license applications for at least five new reactors in Texas have been filed with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission as of August 2014.

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