Madison
57° F
Overcast
Overcast
Advertisement

Kewaunee nuclear plant closes permanently

Published On: May 07 2013 05:05:27 PM CDT
Updated On: May 07 2013 05:05:36 PM CDT
KEWAUNEE, Wis. -

A Wisconsin nuclear power plant has shut down after nearly 40 years of generating electricity.

Dominion Resources Inc. on Tuesday shut down its 556-megawatt Kewaunee Power Station east of Green Bay.

Dominion was unable to find a buyer for the plant, which employs about 650 people. The Richmond, Va.-based energy provider announced plans last fall to close the plant and decommission it.

The reactor is closing because utilities that had purchased its electricity decided to stop buying it, citing the low price of natural gas.

David Heacock, president of Dominion Nuclear, says the decision to close the plant "was based purely on economics."

Kewaunee went into service on June 16, 1974. Over its life, the plant generated about 148 million megawatt-hours of electricity.

Advertisement
  • Marysville Pilchuck school shooting 4

    KOMO

    2 dead in school shooting near Seattle, sources say

    A school shooting has been reported at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington, about 35 miles north of Seattle.

  • Craig Spencer

    America's Ebola patients

    An American doctor who was working with Ebola patients in Guinea was been diagnosed with the disease after returning to New York. Learn more about him and America's other Ebola victims.

  • Hot peppers

    Karimala/iStock

    Notable food recalls

    A North Carolina producer of peppers and hot sauces is voluntarily recalling 6,215 pounds of fresh serrano chili peppers because some tested positive for salmonella. Here are other notable food recalls that made headlines.

  • jack-o-lantern Halloween pumpkin

    Juliet James/SXC

    Halloween

    Games, recipes, trick-or-treating, scary movies and everything else you need to make your Halloween extra spooky.

  • Politician, politics, debate, election

    iStock / bns124

    Election Coverage

    Get up-to-date on political stories, Reality Check the latest political ads, learn about the candidates and find election results in our special section.

  • Ebola virus pink

    CDC

    Ebola special coverage

    Get the latest news on the Ebola outbreak and resources to help you learn more about the deadly virus.

Advertisement