The Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant, Georgia’s first nuclear-powered electric generating station, is one of three nuclear facilities in the Southern Company System.
Plant Hatch at a Glance
- Location: Baxley, Georgia
- Co-owners: Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power Corporation, Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia and Dalton Utilities
- Reactor type: General Electric Mark I Boiling Water Reactor
- Number of units: 2
- Power output: approximately 1,800 megawatts
- Began commercial operation in 1975
- More than 800 people oversee the plant’s operations 24 hours a day, every day of the year
How It Works
Who was Edwin I. Hatch?
Edwin I. Hatch served as president of Georgia Power from 1963 until 1975. At that time he was named chairman of the board and chief executive officer. Under his leadership Georgia Power more than tripled its generating capacity, multiplied its construction budget five times over and increased its customer base by more than 50%. At the time of his retirement in 1978, Mr. Hatch cited the development of nuclear power as a clean energy source as one of the most significant developments during his tenure. Hatch, a native of Uniontown, Alabama, held a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the South and a law degree from The University of Alabama. Edwin Hatch died in 1997 at the age of 84.
Schedule a Site Tour
If you would like to schedule a plant tour or informative presentation for your school group, civic group, or other group, please call the Hatch Energy Education Center staff at 1-800-722-7774.
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