Houston – Today, Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) welcomed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s approval to license the construction of two new reactors at the Southern Company’s Vogtle facility near Augusta, Georgia, the first of their kind in over 30 years.

In response to the NRC’s announcement, CEA president David Holt remarked:

“The NRC’s decision is a milestone for electricity consumers in Georgia and across the United States. Nuclear energy is an affordable, reliable source of energy that supplies nearly twenty percent of our nation’s electricity needs. Nuclear energy is a critical component of an “all-of-the-above” energy policy and CEA strongly supports the expansion of this vital source of electricity as a long-term strategy for energy affordability and independence.

“The development of these two new reactors is proof positive that energy development and environmental protection can proceed together and we are excited about this project’s potential to deliver stable, affordable and clean energy to energy consumers across the Southeast.”