Nuclear in Wisconsin Revisited

The Wisconsin Assembly passed AB 384SB288, which would change the state’s energy priorities policy and would repeal the 1983 restrictions to building a new nuclear power plant. The restrictions required that there is a federally licensed storage facility for high-level nuclear waste and that the plant is economically advantages to ratepayers compared with feasible alternatives over its life cycle.  Still, there is no solution to safe storage of nuclear waste, although Wisconsin is being considered as one of the top two federal nuclear storage sites.  The economics aren’t favorable either, given the extreme expense of building a new nuclear power plant.  Wisconsin’s Kewaunee nuclear plant closed in 2013 due to high operating costs compared with natural gas.  Wisconsin’s sole operating nuclear plant at Point Beach generates approximately 13 percent of the state’s electricity.  The bill sponsors cite compliance with the federal Clean Power Plan requirements to reduce carbon emissions from Wisconsin power plants as the impetus to allow the possibility of generating electricity from nuclear energy.  The Senate has not voted on the bill at present.  For more informationpeblogspotJS