By Editors of Power Engineering
DTE Energy announced the operations license for its Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Plant has been extended through 2045.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission received the application for license renewal in April 2014, and granted the request after an extensive review of the plant. Prior to the filing, DTE spent two years undertaking technical and environmental studies.
"Fermi 2 does, and always will, keep safety as its top priority," said Paul Fessler, senior vice president and chief nuclear officer at Fermi 2. "This was a multi-year process all for one reason: we and the NRC wanted to make sure Fermi 2 can continue to operate safely well into the future.
The original license was to expire on March 20, 2025.
Fermi 2, which has a capacity of 1,170 MW, earned its original operating license in 1985. It is DTE’s sole nuclear plant.