Wisconsin Lawmakers Vote to Lift Nuclear Power Moratorium

 Wisconsin Lawmakers Vote to Lift Nuclear Power Moratorium

Wisconsin state senators voted 23-9 to repeal the state’s 33-year moratorium on new nuclear power plants, and the governor is expected to sign it into law.
 
The moratorium was first put into place because of a lack of a federal used fuel repository. Since dry storage is now widely used at nuclear plant sites, Rep. Kevin Petersen said the reason for the ban is no longer relevant, and that is why he introduced the bill. The bill also incorporates advanced nuclear energy options into state energy priorities, behind energy efficiency and renewable energy but ahead of coal and natural gas power plants, the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) said.
 
Nuclear energy is the second largest generator of electricity in Wisconsin at 15 percent, behind coal which generates 62 percent of the electricity. The state has two reactors, Point Beach 1 and 2, with 1,198 MW of generating capacity between them. The 556-MW Kewaunee nuclear plant permanently shut down in 2013.
 
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