The Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, located near Waynesboro in eastern Georgia near the South Carolina border, is jointly owned by Georgia Power (45.7%), Oglethorpe Power Corporation (30%), Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (22.7%) and Dalton Utilities (1.6%).
Plant Vogtle is one of Georgia Power's two nuclear facilities and is one of three nuclear facilities in the Southern Company system.
Construction of the two-unit plant started in 1974. Unit 1 began commercial operation in May 1987. Unit 2 began commercial operation in May 1989. Each unit is capable of generating 1,215 megawatts for a total capacity of 2,430 MW. The plant is powered by pressurized water reactors manufactured by Westinghouse.
Approximately 900 people - engineers, mechanics, control room operators, lab technicians, instrument and control technicians, electricians, security officers and others - oversee the plant's operations 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
In June 2009, Plant Vogtle's operating license was extended for 20 years.
If you would like to receive information about Plant Vogtle or would like to schedule a plant tour or informative presentation for your school group, civic group or other group, please contact the Vogtle Energy Education Center staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plant Vogtle has been a certified Wildlife Habitat Council site since 1993. More than 600 acres have been replanted with loblolly and native longleaf pine. Plant Vogtle also participates in bluebird nest monitoring and local environmental education programs.
The plant is located in a rural area that supports diverse wildlife. Plant Vogtle has management programs that enhance habitats for species such as bluebirds, wood ducks and wild turkey. Land management efforts at Plant Vogtle contributed to Southern Company's certification as a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation's Energy for Wildlife.
Plant Vogtle has entered into a Safe Harbor Agreement with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for the red cockaded woodpecker, a federal endangered species. This Safe Harbor Agreement ensures that adequate habitat will be provided and managed properly for the red cockaded woodpecker.