March 29, 2011
UCS BACKGROUNDER
OPERATING NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS IN THE UNITED STATES
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There are currently 104 nuclear reactors operating at 65 plants across the country that
provide approximately 20 percent of the nation’s electricity. Below is a summary of
Energy Information Administration profiles of the 31 states with nuclear plants ranked by
the amount of electricity generated. Included in each citation is name of the plant, the
owner, the location, the type of reactor (boiling water reactor (BWR) or pressurized water
reactor (PWR)), and the nearest metropolitan areas.
Additional detailed information about each of these plants, including the number of
people living within 10 miles of each plant according to the 2000 census, can be found on
UCS’s Nuclear Power Information Tracker.
1) Illinois (6 plants, 11 reactors)
Nuclear power produces nearly 50 percent of Illinois’ electricity. Owner: Exelon
 Braidwood Nuclear Generating Station, Braidwood, 2 PWR reactors (Joliet,
Chicago, Gary)
 Byron Nuclear Generating Station, Byron, 2 PWR reactors (Davenport, Peoria,
Iowa City)
 Clinton Nuclear Generating Station, Clinton, 1 BWR reactor (Champaign,
Decatur, Springfield, Bloomington)
 Dresden Nuclear Power Plant, Morris, 2 BWR reactors (Chicago, Joliet, Gary)
 LaSalle County Nuclear Generating Station, Ottawa, 2 BWR reactors (Chicago,
Joliet, Rockford)
 Quad Cities Nuclear Generating Station, Cordova, 2 BWR reactors (Davenport)
2) Pennsylvania (5 plants, 9 reactors)
Nuclear power produces 33 percent of Pennsylvania’s electricity.
 Beaver Valley Power Station, First Energy, Shippingport, 2 PWR reactors
(Pittsburgh, Youngstown, Wheeling)
 Limerick Generating Station, Exelon, Limerick, 2 BWR reactors (Wilkes Barre,
Scranton)
 Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Exelon, Delta, 2 BWR reactors (Harrisburg,
Baltimore, Wilmington)
 Susquehanna Nuclear Generating Station, PPL Susquehanna, Berwick, 2 BWR
reactors (Wilkes Barre, Scranton, Allentown)
 Three Mile Island, Exelon, Harrisburg, 1 PWR reactor (Harrisburg)
3) South Carolina (4 plants, 7 reactors)
Nuclear power produces more than 50 percent of South Carolina’s electricity.
 Catawba Nuclear Station, Duke Energy, Concord Peninsula, 2 PWR reactors
(Charlotte)
 Oconee Nuclear Station, Duke Energy, Seneca, 3 PWR reactors (Greenville)
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H. B. Robinson 2 Nuclear Station, Progress Energy, Hartsville, 1 PWR reactor
(Myrtle Beach, Fayetteville, N.C.)
V. C. Summer, South Carolina Electric & Gas, Jenkinsville, 1 PWR reactor
(Columbia)
4) New York (4 plants, 6 reactors)
Nuclear power produces nearly 30 percent of New York’s electricity.
 (James A.) FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant, Entergy, Scriba, 1 BWR reactor
(Oswego, Syracuse, Rochester, Utica)
 (Robert E.) Ginna Nuclear Power Plant, R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant LLC,
Ontario, 1 PWR reactor (Rochester)
 Indian Point Energy Center, Entergy, Buchanan, 2 PWR reactors (New York City,
Poughkeepsie, Stamford, Bridgeport, New Haven, Danbury, Long Island)
 Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station, Nine Mile Point Nuclear Sta LLC, Scriba, 2
BWR reactors (Oswego, Syracuse, Rochester, Utica)
5) Texas (2 plants, 4 reactors)
Nuclear power produces nearly 10 percent of Texas’ electricity
 Comanche Peak, Luminant, Glen Rose, 2 PWR reactors (Dallas, Forth Worth,
Austin)
 South Texas, STP Nuclear Operating, Bay City, 2 PWR reactors (Houston, San
Antonio, Austin)
6) North Carolina (3 plants, 5 reactors)
Nuclear power produces about 33 percent of North Carolina’s electricity.
 Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant, Progress Energy, Southport, 2 BWR reactors
(Wilmington, Myrtle Beach, Charleston)
 Shearon Harris Nuclear Generating Station, Progress Energy, New Hill, 1 PWR
reactor (Raleigh, Durham)
 McGuire Nuclear Power Plant, Duke Energy, Huntersville, 2 PWR reactors
(Charlotte)
7) California (2 plants, 3 reactors)
Nuclear power produces about 16 percent of California’s electricity.
 San Onofre, Southern California Edison, San Clemente, 2 PWR reactors (Los
Angeles, San Diego)
 Diablo Canyon, Pacific Gas & Electric, San Luis Obispo, 1 PWR reactor (Santa
Barbara, Los Angeles)
8) Alabama (2 plants, 5 reactors)
Nuclear power produces nearly 25 percent of Alabama’s electricity.
 Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant, TVA, Athens, 3 BWR reactors (Nashville,
Chattanooga, Birmingham)
 (Joseph M.) Farley Nuclear Power Plant, Alabama Power, Dothan, 2 PWR
reactors (Columbus Ga., Tallahassee)
9) Georgia (2 plants, 4 reactors)
Nuclear power produces more than 20 percent of Georgia’s electricity.
Owner: Southern Co./Georgia Power.
 (Edwin I.) Hatch Nuclear Power Plant, Baxley, 2 BWR reactors (Savannah)
 (Alvin W.) Vogtle, Waynesboro, 2 PWR reactors (Columbia and Charleston S.C.,
Atlanta)
10) New Jersey (3 plants, 4 reactors)
Nuclear power produces 50 percent of New Jersey’s electricity.
 Hope Creek Nuclear Power Plant, PSEG Nuclear, Lower Alloways Creek
Township, 1 BWR reactor (Wilmington, Philadelphia, Atlantic City)
 Oyster Creek Generating Station, Exelon, Forked River, 1 BWR reactor (Trenton,
Toms River, Atlantic City, Philadelphia)
 Salem Nuclear Plant, PSEG Nuclear, Lower Alloways Creek Township, 2 PWR
reactors (Wilmington, Philadelphia, Atlantic City)
11) Michigan (3 plants, 4 reactors)
Nuclear power produces more than 25 percent of Michigan’s electricity.
 D.C. Cook Nuclear Power Plant, Indiana Michigan Power, Bridgman, 2 PWR
reactors (Chicago, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids)
 Fermi Nuclear Power Plant, Detroit Edison, near Detroit, 1 BWR reactor (Detroit)
 Palisades Power Plant, Entergy Nuclear, South Haven, 1 PWR reactor (Grand
Rapids)
12) Florida (3 plants, 5 reactors)
Nuclear power produces about 15 percent of Florida’s electricity.
 Crystal River Nuclear Power Plant, Progress Energy, Crystal River, 1 PWR
reactor (Tampa, Orlando, Gainesville)
 St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant, Florida Power & Light, Hutchinson Island, 2 PWR
reactors (Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale)
 Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station, Florida Power & Light, Homestead, 2
PWR reactors (Miami)
13) Tennessee (2 plants, 3 reactors)
Nuclear power produces nearly 30 percent of Tennessee’s electricity. Owner: TVA
 Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant, Soddy-Daisy, 2 PWR reactors (Chattanooga,
Knoxville)
 Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, Spring City, 1 PWR reactor (Knoxville, Chattanooga)
14) Vermont (1 plant, 1 reactor)
Nuclear power produces about 80 percent of Vermont’s electricity.
 Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station, Entergy, Vernon, 1 BWR reactor
(Brattleboro, Albany, Nashua, Manchester, Springfield, Boston)
15) Arizona (1 plant, 3 reactors)
Nuclear power generates nearly 25 percent of Arizona’s electricity.
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Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, Arizona Public Service, Wintersburg, 3
PWR reactors (Phoenix)
16) Louisiana (2 plants, 2 reactors)
Nuclear power produces nearly 20 percent of Louisiana’s electricity. Owner: Entergy
 River Bend Station, West Feliciana, 1 BWR reactor (Baton Rouge)
 Waterford Steam Electric Station, Taft, 1 PWR reactor (New Orleans)
17) Connecticut (1 plant, 2 reactors)
Nuclear power produces about 50 percent of Connecticut’s electricity.
 Millstone Nuclear Power Station, Dominion Nuclear Connecticut, Millstone
Point, 2 PWR reactors (Waterford, New London, New Haven, Providence)
18) Ohio (2 plants, 2 reactors)
Nuclear power produces more than 10 percent of Ohio’s electricity.
Owner: FirstEnergy
 Davis-Besse Nuclear Generating Station, Oak Harbor, 1 PWR reactor (Toledo,
Cleveland)
 Perry Nuclear Power Plant, North Perry, 1 BWR reactor (Cleveland, Akron,
Youngstown, Erie)
19) Arkansas (1 plant, 2 reactors)
Nuclear power produces nearly 30 percent of Arkansas’ electricity.
 Arkansas Nuclear One, Entergy, Russellville, 2 PWR reactors (Little Rock)
20) Maryland (1 plant, 2 reactors)
Nuclear power produces nearly 30 percent of Maryland’s electricity.
 Calvert Cliffs, Constellation Energy, Lusby, 2 PWR reactors (Baltimore,
Washington)
21) Minnesota (2 plants, 3 reactors)
Nuclear power generates nearly 25 percent of Minnesota’s electricity.
Owner: Northern States Power
 Monticello Nuclear Power Plant, Monticello, 1 BWR reactor (Minneapolis)
 Prairie Island Nuclear Power Plant, Red Wing, 2 PWR reactors (Minneapolis)
22) Wisconsin (2 plants, 3 reactors)
Nuclear power generates about 20 percent of Wisconsin’s electricity.
 Kewaunee Power Station, Dominion Energy, Carlton, 1 PWR reactor
 Point Beach Nuclear Plant, FPL Energy Point Beach, Two Creeks, 2 PWR
reactors (Green Bay, Milwaukee, Grand Rapids)
23) Nebraska (2 plants, 2 reactors)
Nuclear power generates about 18 percent of Nebraska’s electricity.
Cooper Nuclear Station, Brownsville, 1 BWR reactor (Omaha, Lincoln, Kansas City)
Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant, Fort Calhoun, 1 PWR reactor (Omaha)
24) New Hampshire (1 plant, 1 reactor)
Nuclear power produces nearly 50 percent of New Hampshire’s electricity.
Owner: Florida Power & Light
 Seabrook Nuclear Generating Station, Portsmouth, 1 PWR reactor (Manchester,
Portland, Boston)
25) Kansas (1 plant, 1 reactor)
Nuclear power produces about 20 percent of the state’s electricity.
 Wolf Creek Generating Station, Wolf Creek Nuclear, Burlington, 1 PWR reactor
(Wichita, Kansas City)
26) Missouri (1 plant, 1 reactor)
Nuclear power produces nearly 10 percent of the state’s electricity.
 Callaway Nuclear Plant, Union Electric, Fulton, 1 PWR reactor (Columbia,
Jefferson City, St. Louis)
27) Mississippi (1 plant, 1 reactor)
Nuclear power produces nearly 20 percent of the state’s electricity.
 Grand Gulf Nuclear Station, System Energy Resources, Port Gibson, 1 BWR
reactor (Jackson)
28) Washington (1 plant, 1 reactor)
Nuclear power produces nearly 8 percent of the state’s electricity.
 Columbia Generating Station, Energy Northwest, Hanford, 1 BWR reactor
(Yakima, Seattle, Spokane)
29) Massachusetts (1 plant, 1 reactor)
Nuclear power produces more than 10 percent of the state’s electricity.
 Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, Entergy, Plymouth, 1 BWR reactor (Boston)
30) Virginia (2 plants, 4 reactors)
Nuclear power produces nearly 33 percent of Virginia’s electricity.
Owner: Dominion Virginia Power
 North Anna Power Station, Mineral, 2 PWR reactors (Richmond, Charlottesville)
 Surry Nuclear Generating Station, Williamsburg, 2 PWR reactors (Richmond,
Norfolk, Newport News, Hampton, Virginia Beach)
31) Iowa (1 plant, 1 reactor)
Nuclear power produces more than 10 percent of Iowa’s electricity.
 Duane Arnold Energy Center, Florida Power & Light, Palo, 1 BWR reactor
(Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Davenport, Des Moines)
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