Nuclear Power Plants in the U.S.

Februrary 2012

Nuclear Power PlantCurrently, there are 104 operating nuclear reactors in 31 states
that produce about 20 percent of the nation’s electricity. In
February 2012, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) gave
final approval for construction of two new nuclear reactors at
the Vogtle site in Georgia. These were the first new reactors
approved since 1978. 

 

 

 


 

 

Map: States with Operating Nuclear Power Plants

states with power plants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State

Number of Operating Reactors

State

Number of Operating Reactors

Alabama

5

Mississippi

1

Arizona

3

Missouri

1

Arkansas

2

Nebraska

2

California

4

New Hampshire

1

Connecticut

2

New Jersey

4

Florida

5

New York

6

Georgia

4

North Carolina

7

Illinois

11

Ohio

3

Iowa

1

Pennsylvania

9

Kansas

1

South Carolina

5

Louisiana

2

Tennessee

3

Maryland

2

Texas

4

Massachusetts

1

Vermont

1

Michigan

3

Virginia

4

Minnesota

3

Washington

1

Total

 

 

104

 As an increasing number of coal-fired power plants are closing across the nation, some are looking to nuclear power to fill this void and meet the expected surge in electricity demands in the coming decades.

In addition to the new reactors approved by the NRC in Georgia, the commission is expected to vote on final approval of two additional reactors at the V.C. Summer site in Fairfax County, S.C., in the spring of 2012. Applications for an additional 16 new reactors in eight states are actively under review by the NRC as of February 2012.

Map: States with Planned New Nuclear Plants

states with proposed nuclear power plants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thirteen states have placed restrictions on the construction of new nuclear power facilities: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.