Kewaunee Power Plant Shuts Down
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TOWN OF CARLTON—The Kewaunee Power Station is officially off the grid. The plant was powered down just after 7:00 a.m. Tuesday. By 11:07 a.m. the nuclear power site was disconnected from the Midwest power grid permanently. Workers have been preparing for the permanent shutdown process since October. Company leaders say it cost more to produce the electricity than it could sell it for.
Company leaders say they're proud of the technology that produced more than 148-million-megawatt hours of electricity during its 40 year existence.
"Behind that amazing technology is something even more vital. The people that brought this station to life and kept it operating safely and reliably day after day year after year around the clock in every kind of weather and situation. My hat is off to them," said Daniel Stoddard, V.P. of Nuclear Operations for Dominion.
The plant employs 630 people; about half of those will be laid off by the end of May. By 2014, there will be about 100 employees on site until all of the spent fuel is offloaded through a dry storage facility.
The shutdown will cost the company more than $900 million to complete. Much of that cost is back loaded toward the end of the process to pay for the dismantling of the equipment.