Reactors Are Closing
There are 100 nuclear power reactors licensed to operate in the United States.
Even though the large majority of these nuclear power stations have received a 20-year operating license extension, atomic reactors are permanently closing.
Nuclear power is economically failing in an electricity market dominated by more competitive energy generation from natural gas, wind and solar power. More conservation and greater energy efficiency use in homes, businesses and industry continues to drive electricity demand down. An inherently dangerous nuclear industry is aging and unpredictable accidents will occur. As a result, atomic reactors are requiring more costly inspections, maintenance, repairs and generic backfits that drive costs up and force more reactors into permanent closure.
U.S. REACTOR CLOSURES SINCE 2013
Fort Calhoun (NE) closed 10/24/2016
Vermont Yankee (VT) closed 12/29/2014
San Onofre 2 & 3 (CA) closed 06/12/2013
Kewaunee (WI) closed 05/07/2013
Crystal River (FL) closed 02/20/2013
ANNOUNCED U.S. REACTOR CLOSURES
Palisades (MI) Entergy announced 12/8/2016 it will close plant 10/1/2018
FitzPatrick (NY) To close on January 27, 2017 [Gov. Cuomo's nuclear tax, a bailout at ratepayer expense, of $7.6 billion, would extend upstate NY reactor operations for a dozen years beyond 2017, including at FitzPatrick]
Ginna (NY) March 2017 (absent state approved ratepayer bailout; see FitzPatrick note above re: Gov. Cuomo's nuclear tax)
Clinton (IL) 06/01/2017 (absent state approved ratepayer bailout)
Three Mile Island 1(PA) May 2018 (absent state approved ratepayer bailout)
Quad Cities 1 & 2 (IL) 06/01/2018 (absent state approved ratepayer bailout)
Oyster Creek (NJ) 12/31/2019 or sooner
Pilgrim (MA) 06/01/2019 or sooner
Diablo Canyon 1 (CA) 11/02/2024 (PG&E will not seek a 20-year license extension)
Diablo Canyon 2 (CA) 08/26/2025 (PG&E will not seek a 20-year license extension)
CANADIAN REACTORS ON THE GREAT LAKES AND U.S. BORDER ARE CLOSING
[Please note that the Gentilly Unit 2 reactor in Quebec, Canada also closed in Dec., 2012.]
[Please note that the remaining six operable reactors at the Pickering nuclear power plant, immediately east of Toronto in Ontario, Canada also were to have been closed in 2019; however, in late 2015-early 2016, a five-year extension of operations was announced, till 2024; two reactors there already previously closed for good.]
For the list of all permanently closed reactors in the U.S. see Appendix C of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Annual Information Digest.