This week, national Nuclear Science Week is calling attention to the contributions, innovations and opportunities that can be found by exploring nuclear science, including nuclear energy generation.
The nuclear energy generated at Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant accounts for 28 percent of Luminant’s total energy production and is an important component of the diverse mix of energy sources powering Texas.
Here are four things you should know about Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant:
- The plant is home to two of Texas’ four nuclear reactors that together reliably, safely and cleanly generate 9 percent of the state’s electricity.
- The two reactors have a capacity to generate 2,300 megawatts of energy. That’s enough to power 1.15 million homes in normal conditions and 460,000 homes in periods of peak demand.
- Located in Somervell County, about 50 miles south of Fort Worth, the plant’s two units have been in operation since 1990 and 1993, and its hundreds of employees take pride in being a good neighbor through community contributions and volunteerism.
- An ongoing partnership with Glen Rose High School environmental classes is helping reestablish Eastern bluebirds and bobwhite quail to Squaw Creek Park at Luminant’s Squaw Creek Reservoir, which provides cooling water for Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant.
Across the country, nuclear employees are commonly aligned on the safe and reliable operation of nuclear power to generate electricity. The people who can tell you best about what it’s like to work in the industry and how nuclear power will help meet future electric demand are the ones already on the job.