Updated – Progress Energy's new nuclear power plans
Nuclear Engineering International published a story on 2 November 2005 about Progress Energy’s announced plans to apply for two new nuclear power stations. Each station would include two reactors. Progress Energy has not announced its choice of reactor designs, but has indicated that it will limit its choice to one of the three evolutionary designs – GE’s Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR), Westinghouse’s AP-1000, or Areva’s US Evolutionary Power Reactor (US EPR) – that have either been built overseas, licensed in the US or both.
One interesting comment in the story is that the final purchase decision may be dependent upon the availability of a permanent storage capability for used nuclear fuel.