New Nuclear Power Plants Considered for Michigan and Texas

February 28, 2007

U.S. utilities are continuing to roll out proposals to build new nuclear power plants, including plants in Michigan and Texas. In early February, DTE Energy announced that its subsidiary, Detroit Edison, is preparing a license application for the construction and operation of a new nuclear plant in Newport, Michigan, at the site of its Fermi 2 nuclear plant. And back in September 2006, Exelon Corporation announced plans to apply for a license to build and operate a new nuclear plant at an undisclosed location in Texas. Exelon appears to be considering a previously undeveloped site for its proposed plant. Neither utility has committed to actually building a new plant. See the press releases from DTE Energy and Exelon.

Meanwhile, DOE is laying the groundwork for plans to build spent nuclear fuel recycling facilities in the United States. In late January, DOE awarded more than $10 million to commercial and public consortia that will conduct studies for locating the facilities at 11 sites, 6 of which are owned and operated by DOE. The proposed site locations are in Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, New Mexico, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington. See the DOE press release.