DALLAS — Austin Energy, the city-owned power utility, is expected to make a decision on joining in two new nuclear reactors at the South Texas Project by March 4, officials said.

Austin is a 16% partner in the existing two reactors with San Antonio’s CPS Energy and the shareholder-owned NRG Texas. While San Antonio and NRG have already committed to the new projects, Austin is awaiting a consultant’s report before the City Council decides to join the $5 billion plan. Nuclear power is a controversial topic in the city that is home to a large number of environmental activists.

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