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Palisades Nuclear Plant denied funds to restart

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Palisades in Grand Haven Michigan - an 880 MW nuclear plant that produced 6,994 GWH per year, on average over its lifetime will not restart.

That means to get enough energy to replace Palisades on a cold winter day (there is no long-term storage to shift energy from April to December) more than 98,000 Acres (39,000 hectares) of farm land will have to be converted solar production, and more than 18 GW of day night shifting storage will be required.

Total cost: $33 BILLION dollars and investment tax credits of over $10 billion.

Oh, and yes Michigan, like Germany will burn more coal for the next few years.

Congratulations to Governor Whitmer and here administration & to the MPSC. 😒

Oh, and lets not forget to thank former Governor of Michigan (and current Energy Secretary) Granholm.

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Audra Drazga on Nov 23, 2022

Doug, from another post on our site, it sounds like Gov Whitmer was pro recommissioning the plant and the DOE was the one that denied funding.  It also sounds like there may be funding for a small model nuclear reactor in Oyster Creek.  Curious what your thoughts are on this?  Also, does it make more sense to build new small-model nuclear reactors or to try to retrofit and upgrade older plants?  Pro and cons?  What happens to these old plants if they never restart - do they eventually get demolished, or do they just stay there forever, taking up land space etc?


Here is a link to the other article I referred to above -  

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