Comanche Peak Celebrates 20 Years of Commercial Operations

Plant has provided reliable electricity and strong community support since August 1990

In its first 20 years, Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant and the Luminant employees who keep it operating safely have generated more than 323 million net megawatt hours of electricity, helped contribute more than $1 billion to the communities in which the plant operates and given tens of thousands of hours in support of local organizations.

Comanche Peak Unit 1 began generating electricity for ERCOT reliability dispatch on August 13, 1990. Since then, the plant and its employees have been committed community members, making significant local and regional contributions.

“Comanche Peak is much more than a source of dependable electricity, it's a dedicated community partner, committed to supporting its neighbors and providing stable, well-paying jobs,” said Rafael Flores, Luminant's chief nuclear officer. “We are proud of what we've accomplished in the last 20 years and look forward to continuing our tradition of safety, operational excellence and community involvement for many years to come.”

Highlights from the last 20 years include:

  • Generated more than 170 million net megawatt hours of electricity from Unit 1 alone; this is the equivalent of enough electricity to power 500,000 average Texas homes for 20 plus years or the entire state of Texas for nearly half a year.
  • Provided thousands of jobs during construction and commissioning, as well as more than 1,000 permanent full-time positions during current operation.
  • Contributed more than $1 billion to local communities, through tax payments and other monetary donations.
  • Logged nearly 1,000 employee volunteer hours in the last year alone.
  • Implemented a variety of proven, successful safety programs that have contributed to the plant's current 3.5 million safe work hour streak.
  • Continued financing of the more than $45 million construction of Lake Granbury with roughly $1 million per year in revenue bonds.

Visit to learn more about the plant's beginnings from the employees who helped bring the unit online. You can also check out a photo gallery of images from the construction and commissioning time on Flickr. And to learn more about Comanche Peak, a plant fact sheet is available on

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About Luminant

Luminant, a subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings Corp., is a competitive power generation business, including mining, wholesale marketing and trading, and development operations. Luminant has 18,300 megawatts of generation in Texas, including 2,300 MW fueled by nuclear power and 8,000 MW fueled by coal. The company is also the largest purchaser of wind-generated electricity in Texas and fifth largest in the United States. EFH is a Dallas-based holding company engaged in competitive and regulated energy market activities, primarily in Texas. Visit or for additional information.