NRG Energy expected to submit nuke reactor application

WASHINGTON (AP) - Power producer NRG Energy is expected to submit the first application for a new nuclear reactor in the U.S. in nearly 30 years. NRG's application for two new units at its South Texas Project in Bay City is expected to be submitted Tuesday.

It would be the first complete construction and operating license submission the government has received since before the Three Mile Island accident in 1979.

A Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman says the government expects to receive up to six more applications this year from Duke Energy, Dominion Resources and others.

Utilities see nuclear plants as an opportunity to affordably meet demand for electricity, which the Energy Information Administration is forecasting will grow by 42% by 2030.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.