Former AL congressman discusses possible relationship between Bellefonte, Brownsferry

Former AL congressman discusses possible relationship between Bellefonte, Brownsferry

JACKSON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Former Alabama Rep. Bud Cramer worked with Tennessee Valley Authority on the Bellefonte project for nearly two decades while representing District 5. He is now representing Nuclear Development, the investment group behind Bellefonte. Cramer has a vision on how a future relationship between Brownsferry and a completed Bellefonte would work.

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"Brownsferry works in one component of energy for this region. Bellefonte will work in another way but can be available as an alternate power source," said Cramer.

Cramer said since Bellefonte is no longer a TVA project and is instead an investor project, they could potentially sell power anywhere in the country.

Cramer also said Brownsferry has a shelf life and that Bellefonte could eventually replace it.

"The technology that's there, the existence of the plant, we believe Bellefonte, it's going to take years to finish out Bellefonte, five, six years to finish out Bellefonte. We think it can be the next provider of significant nuclear energy in this area," added Cramer.

Nuclear Development is expected to close on the Bellefonte property in November.

The project could bring thousands construction, operations and indirect jobs.

"Jobs created here won't have an awful lot to do with Brownsferry, but because we've got two plants in the area, there's a lot of synergy there," added Cramer.

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