Value to the Region

Click on any of the images below to learn more about the value of Columbia Generating Station, the Northwest's only commercial nuclear energy facility.

 

Low Cost of Clean Power 

 

 

 

Columbia Generating Station​
(overview)

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Economic Benefits​

 
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Nuclear Energy's Value
 

C-Bullet.jpg Quick Facts

 
Type:
Boiling water reactor (nuclear)

Generating Capacity:

Approximately 1,170 megawatts (net)
 
Location:
10 miles north of Richland, Wash.

Site Size:
~1,089 acres

Projected Levelized
Cost of Power (2014-2043):
 
4.7 - 5.2 cents/kWh
Comparison Costs*: 
Natural Gas: 6 - 14 cents/kWh
Wind: 7 - 10 cents/kWh
Solar: 11 - 42 cents/kWh 
*Levelized costs according to the Energy Information Administration. Levelized cost represents the per kilowatt-hour cost (in real dollars) of building and operating a generating plant over an assumed financial life and duty cycle. Key inputs to calculating levelized costs include overnight capital costs, fuel costs, fixed and variable operations and maintenance costs, financing costs and an assumed utilization rate for each plant type.
 
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Columbia Fact Sheet (PDF)
 
 

C-History.jpg History

 
Construction Permit Issued:
March 1973

NRC Issued Plant Operating License:
December 1983

Operating License Expiration:
December 2043

First Electricity Produced:
May 1984

Commercial Operation:
December 1984

First Refueling Completed:
April 1986