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Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant Celebrates 25 Years of Powering Texas

Plant continues long-standing record of safety and reliability

DALLAS – Twenty-five years ago, the first of two units at Luminant’s Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant began supplying power to the state’s electric grid. That day – Aug. 13, 1990 – was the culmination of a long journey through construction and commissioning, and the beginning of a growing history of milestones and memories.

CPNPP 25th Anniversary-instagramNow, more than 422 million megawatt-hours later, the plant continues its long-standing record of safety, reliability and operational excellence.

“For 25 years, the people who work at Comanche Peak have carried through on their commitment to the people of Texas to provide reliable, clean power while keeping safety as the highest priority,” said Mac McFarland, CEO of Luminant. “Their standard of excellence is what has made Comanche Peak one of the best nuclear plants in the country.”

Comanche Peak sits on 10,000 acres between Glen Rose and Granbury, about 45 miles southwest of Fort Worth. Since 1990, it has contributed more than $1 billion to neighboring communities through tax payments, payrolls, purchases and other expenditures. During construction and commissioning of the two units, the plant provided more than 10,000 jobs; currently, about 1,300 people are needed to support units 1 and 2. More than 200 of these current employees were there the day Comanche Peak synced to the ERCOT grid.

“I was the shift operations manager at the time,” said Rafael Flores, chief nuclear officer for Luminant. “Looking back, the number of people who have played a role in the success of our plant is mind boggling – from those who designed it up to everyone who is here today. All along the way, it’s been the quality of our people who have made the difference.”

Comanche Peak has become much more than a source of dependable electricity; its employees have established a legacy of generosity as dependable volunteers and donors of both money and time. From educational partnerships with the local school districts to donations of funds and expertise to local emergency preparedness activities, and active participation in community organizations, Comanche Peak is a vital part of Hood and Somervell counties.

The two-unit nuclear plant has a capacity of 2,300 MW — enough to power about 1.15 million homes in normal conditions and 460,000 homes in periods of peak demand.

From colossal construction to dinosaur discoveries, massive megawatts to powerful pellets, be sure to check out our blog for more on the plant’s 25th anniversary and 25 things you might not know about Comanche Peak.

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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 more than 13,700 megawatts of generation in Texas, including 2,300 MW fueled by nuclear power and 8,000 MW fueled by coal. The company is a large purchaser of wind-generated electricity. EFH is a Dallas-based energy holding company that has a portfolio of competitive and regulated energy subsidiaries in Texas. Visit luminant.com, energyfutureholdings.com or our corporate blog pov.energyfutureholdings.com for additional information.

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Comanche Peak Kicks Off 2013 With Significant Recycling Effort

Com spotlightContinuing Luminant's commitment to waste reduction, Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant is kicking off 2013 nearly 200,000 pounds lighter! The plant recently completed a significant post-operation recycling effort of the old Unit 1 and Unit 2 circuit breakers.

"These were the original breakers from when the units came online more than 20 years ago and were similar to big light switches used to distribute electricity across Texas,” said Tim Curtis, senior environmental technician. "We replaced them during our fall outage with a more efficient design, which will require less maintenance.”
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Luminant’s Comanche Peak Unit 2 Achieves 20 Years of Operations

Helping meet the needs of Texas' growing population and economy, Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant's Unit 2 began commercial operations on Aug. 3, 1993, and since then, has generated more than 180 million net megawatt-hours of electricity. Located in Somervell County, the Luminant plant and its employees have also powered the surrounding communities through more than $1 billion in tax revenue and volunteered tens of thousands of hours in support of area organizations.

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Commitment to ‘Zero’ Leads to Safest Year on Record for Luminant

Employees focus on zero accidents, incidents and injuries

DALLAS – Luminant employees across both plant and mine operations closed out their safest year since extensive company-wide record-keeping began 35 years ago. In fact, safety performance was so strong the company experienced its best incident rate for a calendar year – an achievement made possible by employees' commitment to safety.

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Luminant Honored with Employers for Education Excellence Award

09.28.12

Luminant Honored with Employers for Education Excellence Award
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The State Board of Education award recognizes Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant for its volunteer work with area students

Luminant's Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant has been named a recipient of the State Board of Education's Employers for Education Excellence Award for 2012. The gold-level award recognizes employees' outstanding support of Texas public schools.

"Educational outreach is an essential part of Luminant's community involvement, and we take great pride in our work with area schools,” said Rafael Flores, Luminant's chief nuclear officer. "Our employees are committed to helping our next generation of leaders grow and develop, and we are honored to see their worthwhile efforts recognized.”

The plant's educational efforts include a spectrum of employee volunteer activities from mentoring to participation in parent-teacher conferences, with Glen Rose ISD superintendent Wayne Rotan estimating that more than 25 percent of Comanche Peak's workforce is involved locally. As part of the Women in Nuclear team, employees partner with elementary school students to visit nursing homes and to take part in classroom discussions of career exploration. Employees have also worked with high school environmental science classes since 2002 to monitor the water quality of the Paluxy River, and in 2010, they began a new partnership to restore habitat for bobwhite quail and eastern bluebird at Squaw Creek Park.

"We're very appreciative of the partnership between Comanche Peak and Glen Rose ISD,” said Rotan. "The support and mentorship of our students are very valuable in adding relevance to our curriculum; students can go beyond the classroom and learn things hands-on. We are very excited to see Comanche Peak's team get the credit they deserve.”

Further, in the 2011-2012 school year, Luminant began two new mentoring programs, POWER SET and WIT. POWER SET stands for Powerful Opportunities for Women Eager and Ready for Science, Engineering and Technology, while WIT represents Workforce Industry Training. Both programs are partnerships developed by the Nuclear Power Institute at Texas A&M University to promote confidence and the expansion of professional options for local high school students.

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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 more than 15,400 megawatts of generation in Texas, including 2,300 MW fueled by nuclear power and 8,000 MW fueled by coal. The company is also one of the largest purchasers of wind-generated electricity in Texas and the nation. EFH is a Dallas-based energy holding company that has a portfolio of competitive and regulated energy subsidiaries, primarily in Texas. Visit https://www.luminant.com/ or http://www.energyfutureholdings.com/ for additional information.

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Ashley Barrie
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Luminant Statement Regarding Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant Safety

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Luminant today released the following statement regarding the safety and reliability of its nuclear power plant in light of the impact of recent seismic events:

Luminant's highest priority each and every day is the safety of our neighbors, employees and plants. Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant was designed to meet the stringent requirements of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Further, its seismic design meets all national codes, standards and regulations, ensuring a substantial safety margin with respect to earthquakes and other seismic activity.

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 more than 15,400 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 energy holding company that has a portfolio of competitive and regulated energy subsidiaries, primarily in Texas. Visit www.luminant.com or www.energyfutureholdings.com for additional information.

Luminant Statement Regarding Comanche Peak Development

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Luminant today released the following statement regarding its combined operating license application for Comanche Peak Units 3 & 4.

The ongoing incidents in Japan represent a tragic event, and we continue to monitor developments there. We extend our deepest sympathies to the Japanese people.

We remain committed to pursuing the development of two new units at Comanche Peak. We will work in close concert with the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission and industry groups to incorporate lessons learned from the events in Japan into the ongoing process of designing, licensing and building of our proposed units. The process is lengthy, measured, highly regulated and takes input from all major stakeholders to ensure the safety of the nation's nuclear fleet.

The fundamentals of nuclear power in the United States are unchanged – clean, reliable sources of baseload generation are critical to meeting growing electric demands throughout the country. We have confidence in the design and planning process that keeps America's nuclear reactors safe and will actively participate with the U.S. NRC and others as we review what has occurred.

For more information about the project, please visit http://www.expandcomanchepeak.com/.

Comanche Peak 3 & 4 Facts

  •  Safety Focus: Safety continues to be the top priority of both the existing and proposed new units. We constantly review our safety procedures.
  •  Expansion Overview: Two proposed units of 1,700 MW each; 3,400 MW of new generation would power approximately 1.8 million Texas homes.
  •  Different, Advanced Design: Luminant and Mitsubishi are developing the U.S. Advanced Pressurized Water Reactor with enhanced safety systems and other advanced elements. Existing Comanche Peak units also use pressured water reactor technology, which is a fundamentally different design than boiling water reactors like those experiencing issues in Japan.
  • Development Timeline: Luminant submitted its Combined Operating License Application in September, 2008. Our current schedule calls for receiving a license at the end of 2013 – with commercial operation dates of 2021/2022.
  • Dependable Power: Texas needs additional sources of baseload power due to strong population and electric demand growth. Texas continues to set new electric demand records.
  • Economic Development: More than $22 billion in Texas economic impact - including increased retail sales, personal income and gross state product.
  • Thousands of New Jobs: In addition to thousands of construction jobs, the new units would create about 1,000 new, on-site jobs. Economic development modeling shows the project can be expected to create a total of 6,200 Texas jobs.
  • Increased State Revenue: State tax revenue is projected to increase by more than $490 million during development and construction – by more than $30 million annually once the plant is operational.

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 more than 15,400 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 energy holding company that has a portfolio of competitive and regulated energy subsidiaries, primarily in Texas. Visit www.luminant.com or www.energyfutureholdings.com for additional information.

Statement on Nuclear Loan Guarantees

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The Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Company is encouraged by the recent House of Representatives vote to add $7 billion in nuclear loan guarantee authorization for new nuclear plants. A 38% increase in loan authorization authority is good news for U.S. initiatives to develop and build new nuclear power plants. Right now, we are focused on the license application process for the new units that will take several more years. This new proposed increase makes us optimistic that sufficient authorization will continue to be increased as it is needed.

The proposed expansion of Comanche Peak would be the largest private economic development program in Texas history - adding thousands of jobs and providing safe, clean, dependable energy for the future. For additional information about the project, please visit http://www.expandcomanchepeak.com/.