News Release —September 30, 2008
UniStar Nuclear Energy Names Regulatory Affairs Vice President
Former Regulatory Affairs Manager for Proposed South Texas Project To Oversee Licensing for Planned Fleet of U.S. Evolutionary Power Reactors
BALTIMORE, September 30, 2008 –UniStar Nuclear Energy, LLC (UniStar), a strategic joint venture between Constellation Energy (NYSE: CEG) and EDF Group, has named Greg Gibson vice president for regulatory affairs. Gibson, who joins UniStar from South Texas Project Units 3 and 4, will oversee licensing of UniStar’s planned fleet of at least four of AREVA Inc’s U.S. Evolutionary Power Reactors (U.S. EPRs) in the United States.
Gibson began his new role Sept. 15 as executive manager overseeing UniStar’s interaction with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). He will have overall responsibility for the company’s Combined License (COL) application process, working to ensure consistency between UniStar’s Reference COL application for a proposed third reactor adjacent to Constellation Energy’s Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Lusby, Md., and UniStar’s subsequent COLAs for proposed plants in New York, Missouri and Pennsylvania. Gibson also will work with AREVA, Inc., to ensure coordination between UniStar’s COL application process and AREVA’s Design Certification Application for the 1,600-megawatt U.S. EPR, also under review by the NRC.
“We are pleased to have a regulatory expert of Greg’s caliber joining us at this time in UniStar’s history,” said George Vanderheyden, president and chief executive officer of UniStar Nuclear Energy. “As we continue to move forward, Greg’s expertise will enhance our efforts to pursue a fleet of U.S. EPRs that will help provide America with a vital source of electricity that is clean, safe, reliable, and economic, and supports our nation’s energy independence goals.”
In addition to his South Texas Project work managing licensing, compliance, environmental and other issues, Gibson previously served as manager of programs, projects, and nuclear regulatory affairs for Edison International/Southern California Edison’s San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in California. From 1975 to 1982, Gibson, served a senior inspector for the NRC Regions II and III. He also has held positions with Dames and More Consulting Engineers in Bethesda, as an assistant project manager, and the former Florida Power Corporation (now Progress Energy) in St. Petersburg, Fl., as a licensing and regulatory engineer for Crystal River Unit 3 Nuclear Generating Plant.
UniStar’s reference COL application and an application for a potential U.S. EPR adjacent to AmerenUE’s Callaway Plant near Fulton, Mo., are under review by the NRC. UniStar has notified the NRC that it plans to submit applications for potential U.S. EPRs adjacent to Constellation Energy’s Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station near Oswego, NY, in September and on behalf of PPL’s proposed Bell Bend project in Berwick, Pa, in October. No final decision has been made to proceed with the proposed new nuclear plants.
UniStar Nuclear Energy is building certainty for the nuclear renaissance in North America through industry leadership, disciplined business practices and effective risk-management. Based in Baltimore, Md., UniStar Nuclear Energy provides the licensing, construction and operating services needed to support the expansion of clean, safe and sustainable nuclear energy in the United States.
UniStar Nuclear Energy, a strategic joint venture between Constellation Energy (NYSE: CEG) and EDF Group, is powering the nuclear renaissance in North America through industry leadership, disciplined business practices and effective risk-management. Based in Baltimore, Md., UniStar Nuclear Energy provides the licensing, construction and operating services needed to support the expansion of clean, safe and sustainable nuclear energy in the United States.
About Constellation Energy
Constellation Energy (http://www.constellation.com), a FORTUNE 125 company with 2007 revenues of $21 billion, is the nation’s largest competitive supplier of electricity to large commercial and industrial customers and the nation’s largest wholesale power seller. Constellation Energy also manages fuels and energy services on behalf of energy intensive industries and utilities. It owns a diversified fleet of 78 generating units located throughout the United States, totaling approximately 8,700 megawatts of generating capacity. The company delivers electricity and natural gas through the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), its regulated utility in Central Maryland.
About EDF Group
The EDF Group, one of the leaders in the energy market in Europe, is an integrated energy company active in all businesses: production, transport, distribution, energy selling and trading. The Group is the leading electricity producer in Europe. In France, it has mainly nuclear and hydraulic production facilities where 95 percent of the electricity output involves no CO2 emissions. EDF’s transport and distribution subsidiaries operate 1,246,000 km of low and medium voltage overhead and underground electricity lines and around 100,000 km of high and very high voltage networks. The Group is involved in supplying energy and services to more than 38 million customers around the world, including more than 28 million in France. The Group generated consolidated sales of € 59.6 billion in 2007, of which 44 percent in Europe excluding France. EDF is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange and is a member of the CAC 40 index.
As the leading U.S. nuclear vendor and a key player in the electricity transmission and distribution sector, AREVA Inc.’s 5,300 U.S. energy employees are committed to serving the nation and paving the way for the future of the electricity market. With 45 locations across the nation and nearly $2 billion in energy revenues in 2007, AREVA Inc., through its subsidiaries, combines U.S. leadership, access to worldwide expertise and a proven track record of performance. In the U.S. and in more than 100 countries around the world, AREVA is engaged in the 21st century’s greatest challenges: making energy available to all, protecting the planet, and acting responsibly toward future generations. AREVA Inc. is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland.