Nuclear, Waste Management & Decommissioning

Five U.S. Nuclear Plants have Shut Down in Five Years

By Editors of Power Engineering

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Generating Station was the fifth U.S. nuclear plant to shut down in the last five years.

The Omaha Public Power District cited financial concerns for the closure. At 478 MW, it was the smallest nuclear reactor in the country.

The other four nuclear plants that shuttered include Crystal River in Florida, Kewaunee in Wisconsin, San Onofre in California and Vermont Yankee in Vermont.

Multiple others have been slated for closure in the near future, as Exelon announced the Clinton plant in Illinois will close by June 2017, followed by its Quad Cities plant in Illinois by June 2018 and its Oyster Creek Plant in New Jersey by 2019.

Entergy Corporation announced it will retire its Pilgrim Plant in Massachusetts in 2019, and Pacific Gas and Electric will not seek license extensions for its Diablo Canyon plant in Los Angeles. The current licenses expire in 2024 and 2025.

EIA reported the lost generation from the nuclear closures was mostly made up by natural gas, with the remainder from coal and, in the case of Vermont Yankee, electricity imports from Canada and surrounding states.

There are currently 99 operational nuclear reactors at 62 nuclear power plants.