18 September 2008 — Detroit Edison officials submitted to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission a combined license application for a possible new nuclear power plant at the site of the company’s existing nuclear plant near Newport, Mich.
Detroit Edison maintains eligibility for a portion of $6 billion in federal tax credits should the plant be built.
The license application is based on the GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy ESBWR (Economic, Simplified Boiling Water Reactor), an advanced-design boiling water reactor that produces about 1,500 MW.
The NRC estimates that it could take up to four years to review the application and issue a license. The first step is to conduct a preliminary acceptance review to verify that the application is complete and includes all necessary information. That initial acceptance review should be complete within 60 days.