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In short:

  • Plant Vogtle's expansion, which includes two new reactors, finished with a $35 billion cost and a seven-year delay.
  • The reactors are expected to generate about 1,100 megawatts each, contributing to carbon-free power production.
  • Small modular reactors (SMRs) are gaining attention as a more feasible alternative for future nuclear projects.

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"A generation from now, the people in Georgia are going to be really, really happy that Vogtle Units 3 and 4 have gone online."

— Jeff Merrifield, former member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Why this matters:

The completion of Vogtle's reactors represents a significant step toward meeting the increasing demand for clean energy, however, some point to high costs of the plant and disposing of the waste remains a tricky issue.

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