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U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Already Closed or Closing

01 / 09

Clinton Nuclear Plant, Clinton, IL

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> The 1,069-MW Unit 1 began operations in 1987<br> <b>Shutdown:</b> June 1, 2017<br> <b>Reason:</b> Both Clinton and Quad Cities plants lost a combined $800 million in the past seven years. Exelon hoped state lawmakers would pass the Next Generation Energy Plan to keep the plants open, but the bill’s sponsor shelved it. </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><i>Photo Courtesy: Exelon</i></p> <p><center><b>Click the <font color="#FF0000">Red Arrows</font> above to view all the "U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Closed or Closing"</b></center></p> </div>

02 / 09

Crystal River 3, Crystal River, FL

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> The 860-MW unit began operations March 13, 1977<br> <b>Shutdown:</b> February 5, 2013<br> <b>Reason:</b> Progress Energy (now Duke Energy) was replacing two steam generators in 2009 when engineers discovered a separation of concrete within the reactor vessel’s containment shield. Additional damage was found in two other areas of the containment building. The utility decided the price tag of up to $3.43 billion was too much to repair the damage. </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><i>Photo Courtesy: Duke Energy</i></p> <p><center><b>Click the <font color="#FF0000">Red Arrows</font> above to view all the "U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Closed or Closing"</b></center></p> </div>

03 / 09

Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant, Fort Calhoun, NE

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> The 482-MW Unit 1 began operations in 1973<br> <b>Shutdown:</b> Dec. 31, 2016<br> <b>Reason:</b> The Omaha Public Power District Board of Directors said it was not fiscally able to run the smallest operating nuclear plant in North America. </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><i>Photo Courtesy: Omaha Public Power District</i></p> <p><center><b>Click the <font color="#FF0000">Red Arrows</font> above to view all the "U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Closed or Closing"</b></center></p> </div>

04 / 09

Kewaunee Nuclear Station, Kewaunee, WI

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> The 556-MW Unit 1 started operations December 1973<br> <b>Shutdown:</b> May 7, 2013<br> <b>Reason:</b> Dominion could not find a buyer for the plant after low natural gas prices made running the plant uneconomical. </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><i>Photo Courtesy: Dominion</i></p> <p><center><b>Click the <font color="#FF0000">Red Arrows</font> above to view all the "U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Closed or Closing"</b></center></p> </div>

05 / 09

Pilgrim Nuclear Plant, Plymouth, MA

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> The 680 MW Unit 1 began operations in 1973<br> <b>Shutdown:</b> May 31, 2019<br> <b>Reason:</b> Entergy said it will perform the spring 2017 refueling outage before shutting the plant down due to lack of revenues. </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><i>Photo Courtesy: Entergy</i></p> <p><center><b>Click the <font color="#FF0000">Red Arrows</font> above to view all the "U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Closed or Closing"</b></center></p> </div>

06 / 09

Quad Cities Nuclear Plant, Cordova, IL

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> Units 1 (934 MW net) and 2 (937 MW net) began operations in 1973<br> <b>Shutdown:</b> June 1, 2018<br> <b>Reason:</b> Same as the Clinton plant. Quad Cities also needed to clear the PJM’s 2019-2020 capacity auction to keep operating, which it did not. </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><i>Photo Courtesy: Exelon</i></p> <p><center><b>Click the <font color="#FF0000">Red Arrows</font> above to view all the "U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Closed or Closing"</b></center></p> </div>

07 / 09

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, San Clemente, CA

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> The 436-MW Unit 1 began operations in 1968 and shut down in 1992. The 1,070-MW Unit 2 began operations in November 1983. The 1,080-MW Unit 3 started in April 1984<br> <b>Shutdown:</b> June 2013<br> <b>Reason:</b> Unit 2 was taken offline in January 2012 for a planned outage. Unit 3 was taken offline at the end of the month after station operators detected a leak in a steam generator tube. Inspections of both units found the tubes were vibrating in generators in both units. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries had replaced all of the steam generators. Southern California Edison decided to focus on finding replacement generation instead of spending money on long-term repair and restart costs. </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><i>Photo Courtesy: Southern California Edison</i></p> <p><center><b>Click the <font color="#FF0000">Red Arrows</font> above to view all the "U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Closed or Closing"</b></center></p> </div>

08 / 09

U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Already Closed or Closing

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> Everyone knows that reactors can’t run forever, but many plant operators and utilities in the past three years have made the decision to end operations at nuclear plants before their licenses expire. Unfortunately, more are expected to be on this list in the near future..</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Reasons for shutting down early range from low natural gas prices to high repair costs. Diablo Canyon was not included because it will close in 2025 when the operating licenses expire.</p> <p><center><b>Click the <font color="#FF0000">Red Arrows</font> above to view all the "U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Closed or Closing"</b></center></p> </div>

09 / 09

Vermont Yankee, Vernon, VT

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> The 620-MW unit began operations November 30, 1972<br> <b>Shutdown:</b> December 29, 2014<br> <b>Reason:</b> Economic factors related to low natural gas prices led to the plant’s closure. </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><i>Photo Courtesy: Entergy</i></p> <p><center><b>Click the <font color="#FF0000">Red Arrows</font> above to view all the "U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Closed or Closing"</b></center></p> </div>