South Texas Project nuclear power plant. Industry leader. Safe and economical electricity. The South Texas Project Electric Generating Station is one of the newest and largest nuclear power plants in the country. STP's two reactors produce 2,700 megawatts of electricity, enough for more than one million homes and businesses in south central Texas. The plant is an industry leader in safety, reliability and efficiency. In just the last three years, STP has achieved the lowest fuel cost of all power plants in the U.S.; Unit 1 has led all reactors nationwide in electricity production; and the plant has twice won the U.S. nuclear industry's highest honor, the Best of The Best Trophy. The plant's 12,220-acre site provides a protected habitat for several Threatened species, including bald eagles, peregrine falcons, white-tailed hawks and alligators. The area encompassing STP consistently leads the U.S. with the highest number of bird species in the National Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Count. STP -- in cooperation with conservation groups and state and federal agencies -- created an official sanctuary for waterfowl, near the plant entrance on FM 521. STP's site also includes a large tract of native Prairie Grass, one of the few such areas left on the Gulf Coast. Seed from the grass is collected and used to recreate acreage of the nearly extinct habitat. STP Nuclear Operating Company manages the plant for its owners, who share its energy in proportion to their ownership interest: Austin Energy, The City of Austin, 16 percent CPS Energy, 40 percent NRG Energy, Inc., 44 percent The plant is located about 90 miles southwest of Houston, near Bay City. STP's reactors went online in August 1988 and June 1989, and are the sixth and fourth youngest, respectively, of the more than 100 operating nationwide.
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