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Yet another nuclear power station to bite the dust in America

U.S. Experiences Sixth Nuclear Retirement Announcement in Seven Years, Power Engineering Jun 13, 2017 With Exelon’s announced intentions to retire the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station, the United States now has six nuclear plants in the country that are operating but will soon retire, the Energy Information Administration reported.

There are now 99 nuclear reactors at 60 nuclear stations in operations in the United States. Since the first reactor came online in 1957, more than 30 nuclear reactors have retired, including some that were test projects or experimental designs……

The six plants now slated to retire in the next nine years include four that have retirement dates more than a decade before their operating licenses expire — Palisades, Pilgrim, Oyster Creek, and Three Mile Island. New nuclear plants receive 40-year operating licenses, though 90 percent of operating nuclear facilities received license extensions for another 20 years.

Indian Point’s license extension was challenged by the state of New York, and owner Entergy subsequently chose to retire the plant. Pacific Gas & Electric chose not to seek a license renewal for Diablo Canyon.

Exelon has said that Three Mile Island has not been profitable for the past five years, and is seeking subsidies from Pennsylvania to keep it open.


June 14, 2017 - Posted by | business and costs, USA

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