Utilities commissions in both Carolinas have given Duke permission to spend millions in project development costs for Lee. Last year the South Carolina Public Service commission approved $230 million in expenses through 2009. North Carolina's Utilities Commission approved spending up to $160 million.
Raleigh-based Progress Energy is also considering the construction of a nuclear power plant.
The Center supports construction of the Duke and Progress Energy nuclear power plants. (CharlotteObserver.com, April 7, 2009)