Dominion Energy has filed an application with federal regulators asking to keep its Surry nuclear power station licensed for additional 20-year terms.
Surry Units 1 and 2 were commissioned in 1972 and 1973, respectively. Dominion has previously said it believes the nuclear plant along the James River in Virginia could be safely operational through 2053.
Its current licensing allows Units 1 and 2 to provide power through 2032 and 2033
“Our application to renew Surry Power Station’s licenses for another 20-year period is good news for our customers, the regional economy and the environment,” Dan Stoddard, Dominion Energy’s Chief Nuclear Officer, said in a statement. “Our customers will benefit from continuing to receive safe, reliable, affordable, and clean electricity from the station through 2053.”
If approved, it would be one of the first 80-year plants in the U.S. Exelon Corp. has also applied for additional 20-year license for its Peach Bottom nuclear generation facility in Pennsylvania.
Nuclear power accounts for close to 20 percent of the U.S. electricity generation mix. It produces 60 percent of the nation’s zero-emissions power.