Rep. Duncan Welcomes Duke Energy announcement seeking subsequent license renewal for Oconee Nuclear Station

June 21, 2021
Press Release

Anderson, S.C. - Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) welcomed the news that Duke Energy has filed an application with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to renew Oconee Nuclear Station’s operating licenses for an additional 20 years.

“For almost 50 years, the Oconee Nuclear Station has provided safe and reliable energy to the Upstate,” said Congressman Duncan. “This station produces more than 2,500 megawatts of clean, 24/7 baseload power supply to families and businesses throughout South Carolina. Carbon-free nuclear power is a critical part of the 21st Century economy, and I enthusiastically support our partner Duke Energy’s twenty-year application for renewal. South Carolina is a leader in the nuclear industry, and the industry alone creates hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs and is a solid source of local revenue for many states nationwide.”

The Oconee Nuclear Station is located on Lake Keowee in Seneca, S.C., and is Duke Energy’s largest nuclear station, with three generating units that produce more than 2,500 megawatts of carbon-free electricity. Oconee’s operating licenses remain current through the early 2030s, and the subsequent license renewal would extend the operations to 2053 and 2054.

Congressman Duncan currently serves on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittees on Energy, Environment and Climate Change, and Communications and Technology. In addition, he is the Co-Chairman of the GOP’s House Energy Action Team (HEAT) which supports expedited permitting of energy projects and the use of currently undeveloped areas for energy production in the United States.