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Nuclear energy must be part of the solution to meet the nation’s growing demand for clean energy. EDF seeks to play a part in revitalizing nuclear energy operations in the U.S..
Today, 20% of the U.S. energy supply comes from nuclear energy; a number that must grow to help meet the projected 21% rise in electricity demand by 2030.
U.S. policy-makers at all levels increasingly recognize the contribution of nuclear energy in meeting energy needs.
The environmental impact of nuclear energy is one of the lowest of any energy source because it produces no air pollution, isolates its waste and requires relatively little land. Advanced new nuclear energy facilities will generate jobs and income for local communities. Nuclear powered electricity means low costs and stable prices for millions of homes and businesses.
Through CENG, an EDF Group joint venture, EDF is today generating clean energy for millions of homes. In fact, CENG owns and operates three nuclear energy facilities, producing enough energy to power 2.5 million homes, while employing more than 2,800 people.
And with UniStar , an EDF Group company, we are developing state-of-the-art nuclear energy technology and operations in the U.S., capable of generating 1,600MW of electricity – increasing capacity of each facility to power approximately 1,000,000 homes.
A new state-of-the-art nuclear reactor is under construction in France. EDF’s Flamanville 3 project can serve as a case study for how new nuclear facilities can bring safe, clean, reliable and abundant energy, with strong economic benefits to their local economies.
The EPR (Evolutionary Pressurized Reactor) unit, currently under construction on an existing nuclear site in Normandy, will generate more power than any other single reactor in the world — with no CO2 emissions. With a capacity of 1.650 MW it will power over a million homes when it comes on line in 2016.
Flamanville 3 is creating 3,000 construction jobs and more than 300 permanent operational jobs in the local community, making it one of Europe’s biggest-ever construction programs. EDF has 40 years of experience in nuclear energy development and production, and operates nuclear sites around the world.