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US-based Exelon Generation has announced that it intends to retire its Byron and Dresden nuclear power plants in Illinois in autumn 2021.

Date: Tuesday, 01 September 2020
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Company blames revenue shortfalls in ‘hundreds of millions of dollars’ because of declining energy prices and market rules The Byron nucler power station, where two reactors are to be shut down early. Photo courtesy Bobak Ha'Eri/Wikipedia. Exelon Generation announced it intends to retire its Byron and Dresden nuclear power stations in Illinois next year 2021, resulting in the loss of four nuclear reactors with 4,333 MW of gross stalled capacity – enough to supply energy to more than four million homes and businesses.

The two units at Dresden are licensed to operate for another decade and two units at Byron for another 20 years. However, Byron now will close in September 2021 and Dresden in November 2021.

Exelon said it will file a deactivation notice with regional transmission organisation PJM Interconnection. The utility said the notification is necessary to give PJM time to conduct an analysis confirming that retiring Byron and Dresden will not cause a shortage of generating capacity in northern Illinois during times of peak demand.

In addition, the company will submit official shutdown notifications to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission within 30 days. It said it will terminate capital investment projects required for long-term operation of Dresden and Byron and scale back refuelling outages scheduled for later this year.

Date: Saturday, 29 August 2020
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US utility Exelon Generation announced today both the two-unit Byron and Dresden nuclear power plants will be retired in 2021 as "the result of market rules that favour polluting power plants over carbon-free nuclear energy." It warned that further plants are at risk of premature closure due to these unfavourable market rules.

Date: Friday, 28 August 2020
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The US Nuclear Fuel Working Group's (NFWG) has published a report, Restoring America's Competitive Nuclear Energy Advantage: A strategy to assure US National Security, aimed at reviving the USA's nuclear fuel cycle.

Date: Wednesday, 29 April 2020
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Rick Perry: Bailing out nuclear plants is important to national security.

In the face of rising electricity demand, US energy secretary Rick Perry confirmed recently that work is underway on a plan to preserve some of the nation’s key nuclear power plants.

Date: Tuesday, 04 June 2019
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US President Donald Trump on 1 June directed Energy Secretary Rick Perry to take "immediate steps" to support coal-fired and nuclear power plants to keep them open, saying it was a matter of national and economic security.

Date: Monday, 04 June 2018
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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) told congressional lawmakers last week its commissioners are investigating ways for electricity markets to value reliability, while distancing themselves from immediate reform. The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) says the discussion follows the "concrete action taken by several states, most recently New Jersey, to properly compensate nuclear power's zero-carbon attributes". 

Date: Monday, 23 April 2018
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US Entergy Corporation has completed sale of the single-unit James A Fitzpatrick NPP in New York State to Exelon Generation, which agreed to buy the plant last August. Entergy had previously said it would close the 838MWe boiling water reactor by January this year, for economic reasons. However, Exelon agreed to buy the plant, following the adoption by the New York Public Service Commission of the Clean Energy Standard (CES), which supports continued operation of nuclear capacity. The CES explicitly recognises the carbon-free generation provided by New York's upstate NPPs as critical in enabling it to meet its climate change targets. This includes two units at Nine Mile Point and single units at RE Ginna and James A Fitzpatrick.

Date: Thursday, 06 April 2017
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US utilities Exelon Generation and Entergy have agreed that Exelon will buy the 849MWe Fitzpatrick NPP in New York state from Entergy for $110m, which will enable the plant to continue operating beyond January 2014, the companies said in a joint statement. New York’s first Clean Energy Standard, approved on 1 August 2016 by the New York Public Service Commission (PSC), helped facilitate the transaction, the statement said.

Date: Thursday, 11 August 2016
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US Exelon Corporation has confirmed that it will postpone for a year any decisions about future operations of its Quad Cities and Byron nuclear power plants in Illinois.

Date: Tuesday, 15 September 2015
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