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Ensuring Clean Energy for Austin
Austin has long been a national leader in clean energy, a source of pride for our community.
We want to see Austin move forward with clean energy options, such as efficiency, solar, wind, and geothermal energy. We support the Austin Generation Plan, which was created in an open and public process, and want to see it implemented.
Austin Energy and City Council have wisely decided not to invest in two more South Texas Project nuclear reactors proposed by NRG Energy. Last time, reactors went six times over budget and were eight years late coming online.
We urge Austin Energy and Austin City Council to avoid any involvement with NRG’s nuclear project for reasons including:
- Nuclear power is extremely expensive and would significantly raise electric rates.
- Proposed reactors would consume vast quantities of Colorado River water, which could impact Lake Travis.
- Building new reactors would create far fewer jobs than a similar investment in renewable energy, and none of those jobs would be in Austin.
Austin should remain on the clean energy path and not invest in more nuclear power or purchase power from proposed reactors. We can and should remain a national energy leader by pursuing safer, cleaner energy options.
Nuclear Energy Institute spent $545k lobbying
Jun 28, 2011
The main trade group for the nuclear power industry spent $545,000 in the first quarter lobbying about financial support for new reactors and safety regulations, according to a disclosure report.
The Nuclear Energy Institute spent 26 percent more than the $405,000 it spent in fourth quarter of last year and 21 percent more than the $430,000 it spent in the first quarter of 2010.
The nuclear crisis in Japan brought about by a March 13 earthquake and tsunami led in late March to the first of what are expected to be a series of government calls for tighter safety regulations for nuclear plants in the United States.
NEI, based in Washington, also lobbied for support for building new nuclear reactors and for funds for research and development for smaller, cheaper reactors.
April 18, 2011
Letter to NRG on Proposed South Texas Project Reactors
David Crane, CEO of NRG Energy, Inc.
211 Carnegie Center
Princeton, NJ 08540-6213
Re: Proposed South Texas Project Reactors 3 & 4, Relicensing of Reactors 1 & 2
Dear Mr. Crane and NRG Energy Board of Directors:
In light of the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan, rising awareness of safety concerns, increasing costs for proposed reactors, potential design change requirements, an investor gap and regulatory and economic uncertainty, we respectfully urge NRG to formally withdraw its Combined Operating License application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for proposed South Texas Project reactors 3 & 4. We ask that you withdraw the related DOE federal loan guarantee application as well.