Another US plant to close its doors?

Fort Calhoun is located near Omaha, Nebraska. It generates 479 megawatts…

Its upper management recently recommended that it be shut down by the end of this year.


Economic challenges.

Ft. Calhoun is owned by OPPD. OPPD is trying to reduce its customer rates to 20% less than the regional average, and the thought is that, because of higher operating costs, keeping Fort Calhoun open will impede that plan.

The NEI is understandably concerned. This potential “premature closure” is an example of why it is pushing to Deliver the Nuclear Promise.

OPPD’s board is expected to vote on whether to close the plant or not during its June 16 meeting.

[UPDATE – They voted to shut it down by the end of 2016.]

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What do you think?