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July 2010, Status and Outlook for Nuclear Energy In the United States

The U.S. nuclear power industry continues to make pro- gress toward the construction of new nuclear power plants in the United States. Currently, 13 license applica- tions are under active review by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for up to 22 new reactors. The De- partment of Energy has awarded conditional commit- ments for loan guarantees to the partners in the Vogtle project and is negotiating terms for loan guarantees with several new nuclear projects.

The 104 operating plants continue to perform well, turn- ing in sustained performance for output and capacity factor — an estimated 798.7 billion kilowatt-hours and 90.5 percent respectively in 2009.