Zombie nuke? Wisconsin nuclear plant may not be as dead as previously thought

Over a year ago, it looked as if the Kewaunee nuclear power plant in Wisconsin would close permanently in 2013. Now, there is a possibility that the plant may stay open. As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal reported yesterday:

A Chicago engineering and energy consulting firm is seeking to buy the shuttered Kewaunee nuclear plant, but the plant’s owner says the power plant is no longer for sale.

RGA Labs, which made a presentation to local economic development officials earlier this year, will return to Kewaunee County Thursday to make another presentation to area leaders.

Robert Abboud, president of RGA Labs and a nuclear engineer who formerly worked at the Chicago utility Commonwealth Edison, says Kewaunee was a top performing reactor that should be given a chance to keep running.

The RGA offer comes as decommissioning of Kewaunee is underway:

The plant shut down last year and is in the process of decommissioning. Plant owner Dominion Resources Inc. of Virginia this year began to accelerate the transfer of used nuclear fuel from inside the plant’s storage pool to concrete casks outside.

Under Dominion’s plan, all of the fuel would be transferred to casks by the end of 2016.

Talk of keeping Kewaunee open has been fueled by the recent EPA carbon reduction goals:

In the last month some energy observers, including Roy Thilly, retired chief executive at WPPI Energy in Sun Prairie, have suggested the closing of Kewaunee should be reconsidered.

The reason: reopening Kewaunee would help Wisconsin comply with new Environmental Protection Agency rules to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

The Nuclear Information and Resource Service has an on-line petition to remove nuclear subsidies from the carbon reduction goals.


About Robert Singleton

By day, I work for a call center. In my spare time, I try to save my hometown (and planet) from a nearly constant onslaught of greedheads, lunatics and land developers. I live in a fictional town called Austin, Texas, where I go to way too many meetings.
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