Vistra Corp. has submitted its application to renew the license for the 2,460 MW Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Originally licensed for 30 years, Comanche Peak began operation in 1990, with Unit 2 coming online in 1993. The 20-year license extensions would allow Comanche Peak Units 1 and 2 to continue operating through 2050 and 2053, respectively.
Comanche Peak is Vistra’s largest capacity power plant and, according to the company, is large enough to provide emission-free power to about 1.2 million Texas homes in normal conditions and 480,000 homes in periods of peak demand. Vistra CEO Jim Burke said, “renewing the licenses of this plant is critical for grid reliability and our environment and is a benefit to the economy, the local community, and our company.”