Unistar gets state approval for Calvert Cliffs

30 June 2009

The Maryland state regulator has given Unistar permission to build a US EPR at Calvert Cliffs in Lusby.

On 29 June the Maryland Public Service Commission approved Unistar’s application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity, which is required before the plant can be built. The decision follows numerous public hearings, carried out since the CPCN application was submitted to the PSC 18 months ago.

“This decision serves as another significant milestone in UniStar's efforts to build certainty for our proposed Calvert Cliffs Unit 3,” said George Vanderheyden, president and chief executive officer of UniStar, a joint venture of Constellation Energy and EDF.

On May 19, UniStar said that its Calvert Cliffs Unit 3 project was selected by the US Department of Energy as one of four projects to enter the final phase of due diligence for a portion of $18.5 billion in federal loan guarantees. Receipt of a conditional loan guarantee commitment by the end of 2009 would position UniStar to make a final decision to proceed with the project, it said.

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