Southern Nuclear operates a total of six units for Alabama Power and Georgia Power at the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant near Dothan, Ala.; the Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant near Baxley, Ga., and the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant near Waynesboro, Ga. Southern Nuclear is the licensee of two new nuclear units currently under construction at Plant Vogtle, which will be the first new nuclear units built in the United States in the last three decades.
For more than 40 years, Southern Nuclear has operated nuclear energy facilities at the highest levels of safety and reliability, creating carbon-free electricity for millions of homes and businesses.
The Benefits of Nuclear Energy
Safety comes first
Nuclear facilities are held to the highest standards by the federal government. We have multiple built-in and portable safety systems to protect the plant against extreme weather or unexpected events. We also can access backup equipment from an off-site emergency response center. In addition, we have comprehensive plans with local, state and federal agencies to protect the health and safety of the public in the event of an emergency.
Carbon-free for a changing world
Nuclear energy produces more carbon-free energy than any other energy source and counts for more than half of all U.S. carbon-free electricity. Nuclear energy facilities provide 77% of Alabama's emission-free electricity and 88% of Georgia's.
95 nuclear facilities in the U.S. provide over 19 percent of all electricity in the country. These facilities generate electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week with an overall capacity factor of over 93%. That’s more the two times the capacity factor of any other carbon-free source.
One uranium fuel pellet is about the size of a pencil eraser and creates as much energy as one ton of coal, 149 gallons of oil or 17,000 cubic feet of natural gas. A typical large nuclear energy facility produces enough electricity for nearly 723,000 homes.
A commitment to community service
Our plants and employees volunteer and financially support charities, schools and organizations that are helping those in need. We conduct annual fundraising campaigns for United Way agencies, support and participate in youth and adult leadership programs, and help to energize STEM learning in community classrooms.