By 2020 the government utility will generate 50% of its power from nuclear reactors
The fullest expression of the nuclear renaissance to date has been in 18 license applications to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) mostly by commercial utilities. In the middle of the pile, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is developing an interesting track record not only in bringing moth balled reactors back to life, but also planning new ones. A nuclear engineer looking for a chance to work on the "big iron" would do well to consider TVA as a place to work.
Two TVA projects define the government utility's future building nuclear power plants instead of using its historical fossil fuel of choice – coal. They are the second Watts Bar plant and the possible construction of at least one new nuclear reactor at the Bellefonte site. TVA also has the enviable record of financial success with its re-start of the Browns Ferry unit.
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