I was downtown today distributing flyers about the TTC (more about that on a different post) when I came across a man who was filming the Somervell County courthouse. He asked me what I thought about the second nuclear power plant being built. I was surprised and a little taken aback, although I had heard that TXU had applied for more nuke licenses recently. I told him what I thought (which was that if I was speaking for the rich, I"d be happy because it brought a lot of money and helped the schools, but as an environmentalist, I don't think nuclear plants are safe and I'm for alternative forms of energy) and then found out he was filming for channel 8. Got in the car about a half an hour after that and heard NPR (KERA) talking about it. One woman while I was walking around told me she had been one of those who had fought very hard originally to keep Comanche Peak out of Glen Rose, but failed-I got her number and would like to interview her for a video clip.
Video from Channel 8.
Anyway, here's what the Star-Telegram says about it.
TXU Corp. announced Thursday that it has begun preparations to apply for licenses to build and operate new nuclear power plants in Texas.
In addition to recently announced plans to construct 11 coal fired power plants, TXU said that by 2008 it expects to file applications with government regulatory agencies to build one to three nuclear generating facilities that would produce two to six gigawatts of electrical power.
TXU expects to develop at least one new nuclear unit at its Comanche Peak nuclear power plant site, near Glen Rose, southwest of Fort Worth.
No nuclear plants have been started in the United States in more than three decades due to high construction costs, regulatory and environmental issues.
NPR said that Comanche Peak was the last nuclear power plant built. It's not clear to me that expanding the plant is a done deal but it certainly appears so. NPR also commented on how it took YEARS to build the plant and it went way over budget.
More from the Waco Tribune
Karen Hadden, executive director of the Sustainable Energy and Economic Development Coalition, said TXU is exaggerating the need for new power plants.
"Certainly we want to have a reserve margin, but (TXU officials) want us to be afraid of blackouts so they can build an empire," Hadden said. "Nuclear is still not a good choice. There's still no solution to the waste."
Hadden's group favors wind and solar power.
Another environmental group, Public Citizen, said TXU's last nuclear reactor ran billions over budget and that building new reactors could cause electricity rates to rise.
TXU said it plans to increase capacity at its current Comanche Peak nuclear reactor southwest of Fort Worth and review a list of sites in Texas and other states that it has studied over the past 30 years for new reactors that could produce up to 6 gigawatts.
I can sure see that for alternative energy. I mean, the wind blows like crazy here and it's hot and sunny so much of the year. I think it's a matter of people thinking in a different way about energy.