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Entergy will close Palisades nuclear reactor in 2018 Palisades has the worst embrittled reactor vessel of any nuclear reactor in the U.S. Beyond Nuclear, December 8, 2016

Subsidizing Nuclear Will Only Make Our Grid Problems Worse Nuclear plant owners are threatening to shut reactors down unless the government and ratepayers close their shortfalls due to competition from lower-cost energy sources. By Steve Cicala, Forbes Magazine, August 11, 2016

Even nuclear plants with multiple reactors and long-term contracts now at risk of shutdown It's not just small, single-unit nuclear plants in competitive electricity markets any more. UBS Securities on June 23 reported in U.S. Electric Utilities & IPPs: Reacting to Retirements that atomic reactors such as Entergy's Palisades in Michigan, with a very lucrative (at ratepayer expense) long-term Power Purchase Agreement, are nonetheless at risk of near-term shutdown. UBS recommends Palisades be closed by spring 2017, as a favor to Entergy and Consumers Energy shareholders, as well as long-gouged ratepayers. In addition, even multi-unit nuclear plants, such as Prairie Island 1 & 2 in Minnesota, could well shutter by the mid-2020s, UBS reports. Beyond Nuclear, June 30, 2016

Diablo Canyon, CA plants will not renew operating licenses
The twin reactors will shut down by the time their licenses expire in 2024 and 2025
Closing Diablo Canyon will save money and carbon By Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute, June 22, 2016 (Originally published in Forbes magazine.)

Exelon plans to close three reactors
Clinton
, IL (1 reactor) and
Quad Cities
, IL (2 reactors) plants. Exelon hasn't managed to convince the Illinois legislature to subsidize its nuclear operations.

Three Mile Island, PA (1) plant failed to clear in the regional capacity auction for 2019-2020, meaning those units will not be able to receive capacity revenue for that period.

Entergy announced in April that it will close
FitzPatrick
, NY in January 2017 and
Pilgrim
, MA in May 2019.
                          --World Nuclear News, June 2, 2016

Oyster Creek, NJ is scheduled to close in 2019.

Fort Calhoun, NE: Operator Omaha Public Power District's CEO recommended closure to his board.  The board agreed on June 16, 2016. The plant will be closed by the end of 2016, saving the utility a projected $375 million to $994 million over the next 20 years.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is putting its uncompleted Bellefonte, AL nuclear plant up for sale. TVA has spent more than $5 billion on construction and maintenance over the past 42 years but now figures the site is worth about $36 million.

US nuclear lobbyists want massive ratepayer bailouts for financially failing reactors
The Nuclear Energy Institute has admitted that 10-20 U.S. reactors are at risk of near-term closure, absent massive ratepayer subsidies to prop them up. Failure by numerous atomic reactors, across multiple states, to clear PJM's recent capacity market auction, has compounded their financial distress.
Despite Exelon's announced closure dates for three reactors in IL, an internal e-mail shows that the company's lobbyists have not given up on a $1.6 billion ratepayer funded rescue package, perhaps during a special legislative session. Watchdog group Nuclear Energy Information Service of Chicago remains vigilant against the bailout.
Exelon's economic malaise has now spread to Byron in IL, Three Mile Island 1 in PA, as well as three age-degraded reactors on NY's Lake Ontario shore. The Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE) is rallying resistance in NY in opposition to the proposed nuclear bailout, which would undermine renewable energy funding.
FirstEnergy faces the same challenges at Davis-Besse on Ohio's Lake Erie shore. Dr. Mark Cooper, an energy economist at Vermont Law School, predicted these reactor closures three years ago, based on a variety of factors, including age-degradation, economic non-competitiveness, and public resistance.
PowerDC, Public Citizen, and DC Sun embody such resistance in the nation's capital, challenging Exelon's takeover of Mid-Atlantic utility Pepco, and its transparent scheme to gouge captive ratepayers to prop up failing reactors in other states. More at
Beyond Nuclear, June 8, 2016

Recently closed:

Vermont Yankee, VT (1), 2014

San Onofre units 2 & 3, CA (2), 2013

Crystal River, FL (1), 2009 (formally closed 2013)

Kewaunee, WI (1), 2013

 

Closed earlier:

Millstone, CT unit 1 (1), 1998

Zion, IL (2), 1998

Big Rock Point, MI (1), 1997

Maine Yankee, ME (1), 1996

Trojan (1), OR, 1993

Connecticut Yankee, CT (1), 1992

Yankee Rowe, MA (1), 1992

San Onofre unit 1 (1), CA, 1992

Rancho Seco, CA (1), 1989 (The first nuclear plant on earth shut down by public vote)

Shoreham, NY (1), 1989 (The first US commercial nuclear generating plant to be dismantled; never generated power commercially)

Fort St. Vrain, CO (1), 1989 (The first US commercial nuclear generating plant to be decommissioned)

 


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