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Levy County Nuclear Power Plant
Country  United States
Location Levy County, Florida
Coordinates 29°4.4′N 82°37.3′W / 29.0733°N 82.6217°W / 29.0733; -82.6217Coordinates: 29°4.4′N 82°37.3′W / 29.0733°N 82.6217°W / 29.0733; -82.6217 [1]
Owner Progress Energy, Inc.
Reactor supplier Westinghouse
Reactor type AP1000 pressurized water reactors
Reactors planned 2 (1,105 MW)
Capacity 2,210 MW
Status Proposed
Other details
Cost $17 billion (approximately, including $3 billion for transmission lines)
NRC region Region II
As of 2009-01-06

The Levy County Nuclear Power Plant is the umbrella term for a proposed nuclear power plant in Levy County, Florida. Proposed in 2006, Progress Energy Florida (PEF) announced the selection of 5,100 acres (21 km2) in southern Levy County for the potential construction of nuclear reactors. The site's proximity to the company's existing Crystal River 3 Nuclear Power Plant will provide opportunities for efficiencies in shared support functions at both facilities.

Progress Energy Florida submitted a filing with the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) on March 11, 2008, outlining its need for additional electricity and proposing to meet that need with two nuclear units in Levy County. The PSC scheduled hearings on the project in late May, and approved it in July.[2] The company then applied for a Combined Construction and Operating License (COL) from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on July 30, 2008. Costs of the two nuclear units are estimated at $14 billion, plus $3 billion for necessary transmission upgrades.[3]

On October 14, 2008, the PSC voted to allow PEF to charge customers an additional $11.42 per 1,000 kW·h, beginning in January 2009, to pay for the Levy plant and work upgrading the Crystal River plant.[4][5]

On January 5, 2009, PEF awarded an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract to Westinghouse and The Shaw Group's nuclear division to build the two reactors for $7.65 billion. The reactors were supposed to be operational by 2016–18.[6][7][8] In May, after the NRC denied permission to begin excavation work on the site to prepare for construction prior to issuing the COL, Progress Energy announced that commercial operation of the two new reactors had been pushed back "a minimum of 20 months." In view of the delay, Progress Energy has requested approval from the Public Service Commission to reduce the project cost to consumers in 2010 from $12.63 to $6.69 per 1000 kW·h.[9]

On August 11, 2009, Florida governor Charlie Crist and his cabinet unanimously adopted the recommendation of the state Department of Environmental Protection, and approved the plant's Site Certification Application (SCA). Site certification is the last major state-level approval needed before Progress can start constructing the Levy plant. The approval included a requirement that Progress shut down coal-fired electrical generating units 1 & 2 at its nearby Crystal River Energy Complex by the end of 2020, assuming the timely licensing and construction of the Levy nuclear power plant.[10]


  1. ^ "levy_aerial.jpg". Progress Energy, Inc.. Retrieved 2008-07-20.  
  2. ^ "Florida OKs Progress request to build nuclear units". Reuters. 2008-07-15. Retrieved 2008-07-15.  
  3. ^ Steve Kidd (22 August 2008). "Escalating costs of new build: what does it mean?". Nuclear Engineering International. Retrieved 2008-08-30.  
  4. ^ "Utilities to recover costs of new capacity in Florida". World Nuclear News. October 15, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-06.  
  5. ^ Russell Ray (January 5, 2009). "Progress Energy To Buy And Build Nuclear Reactors". Tampa Bay Online ( Retrieved 2009-01-06.  
  6. ^ "Contract to build new nuclear at Levy". World Nuclear News. January 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-06.  
  7. ^ "Shaw and Westinghouse Awarded EPC Contract by Progress Energy Florida for Two AP1000 Nuclear Units at Greenfield Site in Florida". Reuters. January 5, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-06.  
  8. ^ "Progress Energy Florida signs contract for new, advanced-design nuclear plant". Progress Energy Florida. January 5, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-06.  
  9. ^ "Delay in groundwork for Florida nuclear". World Nuclear News. May 5, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-11.  
  10. ^ "Florida cabinet approves Levy plant". World Nuclear News. August 12, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-11.  

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