SCE&G & Santee Cooper Submit Application for New Nuclear Plant
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Columbia, SC, March 31, 2008…South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G), principal subsidiary of SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG), and Santee Cooper, a state-owned electric and water utility in South Carolina, today submitted an application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for a combined construction and operating license (COL). The COL, once approved, would authorize the companies to build and operate up to two new nuclear electric generating units at the utilities’ existing V.C. Summer Nuclear Station site in Jenkinsville, S.C.

“Filing the application does not commit our two utilities to build, but is the logical next step as we move forward with our efforts to bring new electric generation onto our system around 2016,” said Kevin Marsh, president of SCE&G. “We’re confident that new nuclear is the right decision for South Carolina. It’s a clean, safe, non-emitting generation choice that will ultimately result in a significant reduction in emissions for our state.”

“Nuclear power can be a key part of meeting South Carolina's growing energy needs,” said Lonnie Carter, president and CEO of Santee Cooper. “Santee Cooper is ever mindful of our responsibility to provide reliable, environmentally-friendly power to our two million direct and indirect customers, and today's action represents our ongoing plans to keep nuclear power as an option.”

Development of a COL application for the new nuclear facilities began in early 2006. Now that the application has been filed, the NRC will begin an approximate three-to-four-year review process and could issue the combined license in 2011. Construction could begin shortly thereafter, subject to approval from the South Carolina Public Service Commission, with an in-service date as early as 2016 for the first unit. SCE&G and Santee Cooper estimate that base load generation will be needed for both utilities at this time.

SCE&G is a member of the NuStart Energy Development consortium. Formed in 2004 by 10 U.S. energy companies and two nuclear reactor vendors, NuStart allows member companies and the nuclear vendors to combine their industry experiences and expertise to contribute to the development of reference applications for reactor technologies, including the Westinghouse AP1000. Those applications contain standard licensing, engineering, technical, quality, and safety information that future applicants can use to develop their own site-specific applications more efficiently.


South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 639,000 customers in 26 counties in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 303,000 customers in 34 counties in the state.

SCANA Corporation, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Columbia, S.C., is an energy-based holding company principally engaged, through subsidiaries, in electric and natural gas utility operations and other energy-related businesses. Information about SCANA and its businesses is available on the Company’s web site at

Santee Cooper is South Carolina's state-owned electric and water utility and serves more than 160,000 residential and commercial customers in Berkeley, Georgetown and Horry counties. The utility also generates the power distributed by the state's 20 electric cooperatives to more than 685,000 customers in all 46 counties. All total, nearly 2 million South Carolinians receive their power directly or indirectly from Santee Cooper. For more information, visit


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